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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Bounty Hunter Time Ranger
    22

    gem hunting in Utah?

    OK, now that spring is right around the corner (I think?) I am feverishly trying to fill up my summer's worth of weekends with great outdoor activities. First on my list is MD'ing of course. Last year i MIGHT have put 30 hours into it and found my first ring (gold). Needless to say that will be my default activity. Also, i am wading into the realm of gold panning/sluicing. I plan to join one of the local clubs next month. I attended my first meeting a couple weeks ago, and as luck (or fate) would have it, i won a .82 gram nugget on a raffle. I know, I know, i didnt FIND it per se, but it is big enough that I awoke the gold bug in me. Must have more gold.....my precious! Finally, i want to dry my hand at gem hunting. I have been to Topaz Mountain and was very dissapointed. Maybe i dont know what im doing (more than likely), but surely someone else out there may have some tips or areas to hunt for these or other gems. I understand that petrified wood is fairly common, as well as obsidian. I am not too interested in these although it beats sitting here typing. Bottom line is i would love to head into this next winter with a few buckets of gold con's, and some rough gems to tinker with. Maybe ease my way into a bit of lapidary for fun and (dare i say it) profit? Last but not least, i am looking for a few good folks to share my time with while out on the hunt for Utah treasure. Can't wait to hear from you.

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  3. #2
    us
    Nov 2008
    Utah
    TITAN 3000 XD ,DFX, Minelab X-Terra 705 L Rods
    232
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    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Yes I agree I will also be hitting the ghost towns this year and doing a lot of md-ing, and of course gold panning,
    now i am off the road and in the office with my weekends off, which means more time to hunt. Cant wait only if it would stop snowing, great going on the gold nugget and which club did you go to ? I work late and some times cannot get out of the office until 20:00hrs I will see if I cannot get off earlier that night so i could go to one.
    let me know when you plan to go out md-ing .

  4. #3
    us
    Aug 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Bounty Hunter Time Ranger
    22

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    I went to the group that meets in West Valley. A fair amount of crusty old folks, but that mean a lot of crusty old knowledge! If i recall, it is like 30 bucks for a year membership and they have maybe 5 or 6 outings planned for this year (summer). The first one is down near St. George in just a couple weeks. I will probably miss that one, but will make it a point to go to a couple this summer.

  5. #4
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    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    I am going to join that club, and I will be attending the Beaver Dam Wash Meet. lol I used to ride my 4-wheeler around there all the time, but never thought about gold. But now that I have the knowledge and soon the membership to be able to find some gold down there!

    www.Utahgold.org

    I am all up for going with anyone that wants to go panning/sluicing. I have both and a blue bowl for cleanup of the fines.

    I am debating on going up A.F. Canyon tomorrow, but have not decided yet, depends on how the weather looks in the morning and if I can get anyone to go with. I am a group prospector lol
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  6. #5
    us
    Aug 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Bounty Hunter Time Ranger
    22

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Yep, Beaver Dam is the one. As said, i will probably skip that one myself, but am really looking forward to others, especially the one in Idaho. The scenery would make for a great weekend even if there is no color in my pan. I recently had a friend give me a blue bowl...actually it is green and has little 'riffles' in it. I tried running a bit of material through it but to no avail. The material was a bag of 'preloaded' cons but i didnt really classify them other than through a piece of window screen. It was just an idea that didnt work out as well as I had hoped. I could see enough color, but maybe wasnt patient enough to do it right. Not to mention as i was doing this outdoors just a couple weeks ago, i left it all unattended for a moment. When i came back outside, there were two big fat robins just splashing around and having a good ol' time in my green BIRD BATH!!! I tell myself that they MUST have picked out all the shiny stuff.

  7. #6
    us
    Aug 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Bounty Hunter Time Ranger
    22

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    As far as AF goes, i wasnt aware that you could get up there until after Memorial Day. I was up there last summer for my first attempt at panning. Never forget it. My very first pan revealed a nice shiny flake in it. I was so happy as it was early in the day. I though by night fall i would have a full vial of gold. BUT...that was the only thing i found all day. Isnt as easy as i thought after all. Other than you tube videos, i dont have any first hand knowledge of proper panning techniques. I would love to go out sometime if even to watch and learn a bit.

  8. #7
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    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    lol Yeah I never had to much luck with mine either, but I am far from patient!

    Yeah sounds like the last time I was up AF canyon too, but I was up at mineral basin and it was still flood season so the water was not kind. Next time I go up I am going to Mary Ellen Gulch, now that I know where it is for sure.

    Yeah I taught myself and taught my brother, his wife, and my step dad. I watched youtube videos to learn how to read the rivers and the nitty gritty's like that. There is alot of useful information in those videos, even though every stream is different.

    Just out of curiosity how old are you? I am 19 years young. :P
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  9. #8
    us
    Aug 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Bounty Hunter Time Ranger
    22

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    32 here. It was my intent to go to Mary Ellen's last year, but didnt quite make it up that far. I just drove until i saw something i liked river wise and started panning. I think i have watch almost every YouTube video on MD'ing and panning, sluicing, you name it. As i look out the window now, it doesnt look like there will be much of anything going on today. I was hoping to get in an hour or two of MD'ing, but i doubt it now.
    So to help me answer my original question, does anyone know anything about Gems around here? "HERE" being Utah, western Nevada, southern Idaho, and southern Wyoming.

  10. #9
    us
    Nov 2008
    Utah
    TITAN 3000 XD ,DFX, Minelab X-Terra 705 L Rods
    232
    8 times

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Quote Originally Posted by Utahdigger
    32 here. It was my intent to go to Mary Ellen's last year, but didnt quite make it up that far. I just drove until i saw something i liked river wise and started panning. I think i have watch almost every YouTube video on MD'ing and panning, sluicing, you name it. As i look out the window now, it doesnt look like there will be much of anything going on today. I was hoping to get in an hour or two of MD'ing, but i doubt it now.
    So to help me answer my original question, does anyone know anything about Gems around here? "HERE" being Utah, western Nevada, southern Idaho, and southern Wyoming.
    COOL well 52 need supplies ck http://www.goldsluiceboxes.com/sluic...nt/Highbankers

  11. #10
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    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    I just ran across this site, it might give you a bit of help. It will at least give you an idea of what is where.
    http://www.utahrockhounds.com/sites/index.htm
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  12. #11
    us
    Apr 2007
    Utah
    86
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    I know nothing about panning but I sure would like to give it a try if anyone wants to take me along, LOL. I would like to do some bottle digging as well!

    SKi..

  13. #12
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    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Well as soon as the weather warms up we can have a panning/sluicing get together up A.F. Canyon.
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  14. #13
    us
    Jul 2008
    Salt Lake City
    94

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Let me know when you guys are ready to go, I would like to come along.

  15. #14
    us
    Best stay at home dad in the world

    Jul 2007
    Utah county, Utah
    Minelab x-terra 70, Fisher F75, eyes, brain
    724
    7 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Topaz mountain is still my favorite, and my kids favorite. Even my 6 year old finds crystals, mostly the ones bleached from the sun, but they also love chasing lizards around. I find pockets in the rocks and have found incredibly beautiful crystals with their full amber colors.
    LIVE FROM THE HEART OF THE ROCKIES

  16. #15
    us
    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Sounds like you found a really good spot! You should show us the way!
    I would really enjoy getting a topaz or two! Of course if you are willing to give away your spot lol
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  17. #16
    us
    Best stay at home dad in the world

    Jul 2007
    Utah county, Utah
    Minelab x-terra 70, Fisher F75, eyes, brain
    724
    7 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Here are links to a few old posts on topaz mountain with a few finds, tools of the trade, and so forth.

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,100902.0.html

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,156566.0.html
    LIVE FROM THE HEART OF THE ROCKIES

  18. #17
    us
    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Those are some Awesome Specimens! Thanks for the info, I am definitely going to have to hit it up some time.
    Thanks for the info, and the wonderful pics!
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

  19. #18
    us
    Jun 2005
    The Edge
    315

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Recreational Dredging and Sluicing in AF Canyon can be done between July 1 and October 15. I'm pretty sure you can go panning anytime. The forest service gates the road to Mineral Basin (most years) until 30 May. You can still get up there but it would be with smaller recreational vehicles i.e snowmobile. You need a RD&S permit which is free at:

    http://www.waterrights.utah.gov/stre...ds/default.asp

    AF is a great place to go. Lots of flour gold but you'll work for it!

    Hope the weather breaks soon!

    Take care.


    He who made kittens put snakes in the grass.

  20. #19
    us
    Jul 2008
    White's MXT
    108

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    I'm glad you posted that link to the sluice permit. I had been using my sluice box a few places until I learned about that law. I had no idea you couldn't use a sluice box just anywhere. There are only a few streams in Utah where you can legally use one. The permit is free, but you must have it. They are also only good for a couple of months. I guess if I joined a club I would find out that kind of information before I get myself a ticket.

  21. #20
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    DannThePanninMan

    Jul 2005
    St George, UT
    Garrett AT Gold
    72

    Re: gem hunting in Utah?

    Hey 2fishon, where do you sluice at? I am looking to get out a bit this summer and really get some gold! and get out of the city lol

    I have only been to A.F. Canyon and Beaver Dam Wash.
    Yes there is gold in Utah.

 

 
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