Gold Mines in Colorado

Colorado Mining Claims for Sale

We’ve been impressed with the quality of mines Colorado has to offer, and although Colorado mines are plentiful, it can be tough to find gold mines that aren’t already claimed. Most years we head up to Colorado as soon as the snow melts, and we make several trips to Colorado throughout the summer and into the fall. This means we will have claims available through the summer and into the early winter months. Rich gold, beautiful mountains, clear streams and plenty of wood to support your mining operations are some of the reasons why Colorado gold mines are so highly prized.

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Colorado Mining History:

In 1849 and 1850, several parties of gold seekers bound for the California Gold Rush panned small amounts of gold from various streams in the South Platte River Valley at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in then western Kansas Territory, now northeast Colorado. The gold nuggets initially failed to impress the gold seekers, but rumors of gold in the Rocky Mountains persisted, and several small parties explored the region. In the summer of 1857, a party of Spanish-speaking gold seekers from the New Mexico Territory worked a placer deposit along the South Platte River about 5 miles above Cherry Creek (in what is today the Overland Park neighborhood of Denver.) The following year, William Russell led a party of gold seekers from the State of Georgia to search for gold along the South Platte River. In the first week of July 1858, Green Russell and Sam Bates found a small placer deposit near the mouth of Little Dry Creek (in present day Englewood) that yielded about 20 troy ounces of gold, the first significant gold discovery in the Rocky Mountain region. News of this discovery soon spread and precipitated the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. An estimated 100,000 gold seekers would flock to the region over the next three years. The Gold Rush lasted until 1867. Over 1.25 million troy ounces of gold were extracted in those eight years. The placer gold deposits eventually played out, but miners soon discovered far more valuable seams of hard rock gold, silver, and other minerals in the nearby mountains. Central City was founded one year later and was dubbed “the richest square mile on earth”.

The Colorado Mineral Belt (CMB) is one of the more prominent mining areas with abundant ore deposits. The area stretches north-east from the La Plata Mountains in Southwestern Colorado to the Front Range near Boulder, Colorado. Most of the historic mining camps of Colorado are found along that belt. The most important exception being the Cripple Creek District. The CMB is most famous for gold; over 25 million troy ounces of the metal have been produced from the area. There are currently around 26,700 active gold mining claims in Colorado that occupy 123,500 acres of land and there are around 5,100 abandoned claims located throughout the state.

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“We Find Them You Mine Them”. That pretty much sums it up. We specialize in finding the best claims for you. We’ve come along way over the past few years, and you can bet we will continue to improve what we do, which is provide you with the best available mines in the West at affordable prices.

We’ve also put together some resources for you in our education center – Mining 101 – where we cover a wide range of topics ranging from how to work your mine to common legal questions about mining claims.