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  1. #931
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    Jan 2016
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    A friend from Montrose told me tonight that Rattlesnake was closed. Someone came in with loaders and trucks and made a big mess so BLM closed it and have been hanging people they catch there. He said dont go back and be glad we didnt get caught.
    He said they even had cameras up for awhile but didnt think anymore.
    He was part of a GPAA club that was being blamed for the incident.

    When we pulled up there was a sign with a big map of the area, rules posted and all that. Nothing about it being closed that we saw the entire way in. Maybe it was closed and is open again? I never heard about that.

  2. #932
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    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybravo300 View Post
    A friend from Montrose told me tonight that Rattlesnake was closed. Someone came in with loaders and trucks and made a big mess so BLM closed it and have been hanging people they catch there. He said dont go back and be glad we didnt get caught.
    He said they even had cameras up for awhile but didnt think anymore.
    He was part of a GPAA club that was being blamed for the incident.

    When we pulled up there was a sign with a big map of the area, rules posted and all that. Nothing about it being closed that we saw the entire way in. Maybe it was closed and is open again? I never heard about that.

    How would/could they "close" it

    if it is a withdrawl you can still prospect. If it is open they can't stop new prospectors because they don't like what someone else did.

    maybe someone could post the order that closed it...that would be a fun think to chase down.

    Like snipe hunting.
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  3. #933
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    Jan 2016
    South of Gunnison, Gold Basin
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    It's a public digging area but maybe the BLM owns it like Cache Creek. They dont allow anything mechanical and have certain rules and I think they acquired it from the railroad.
    I didnt see any signs of heavy equipment being there and nothing was marked as closed.
    Maybe it was another place that he was thinking of.

  4. #934
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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
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    Itís reacquired land, not merely withdrawn land -so they can make ANY rules they want. As Johnny says, itís the same as Cache Creek.

    And yes we used to be allowed to use power gear there. Until a club from Utah went over the top and left a big mess on a hillside. Serious erosion risk, safety hazards, etc. So the BLM shut the site down for a while, cleaned things up and reopened it for in-water digging only. For a while it was pans only but last year they started allowing sluices too.
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  5. #935
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    It’s reacquired land, not merely withdrawn land -so they can make ANY rules they want. As Johnny says, it’s the same as Cache Creek.

    And yes we used to be allowed to use power gear there. Until a club from Utah went over the top and left a big mess on a hillside. Serious erosion risk, safety hazards, etc. So the BLM shut the site down for a while, cleaned things up and reopened it for in-water digging only. For a while it was pans only but last year they started allowing sluices too.
    makes sense. So, it isn't normal "public land"
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  6. #936
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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
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    Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere

    The last 2019 gold. Ran a few buckets through my Gold Cube at Big Bend on the South Platte in Denver. Beautiful weather for 12/21 and hereís the gold porn:
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  7. #937
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    Jan 2016
    South of Gunnison, Gold Basin
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    So that's what happened at Rattlesnake Gulch then. I figured it was something like that.
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