New Mexico Mining Claims

New Mexico Mining Claims for Sale

When the weather gets cold up north we head down to explore and claim New Mexico gold mines. Minerals are the state’s richest natural resource. New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment”. It’s a great place to get gold fever. If you are looking for gold mines that you can work in the winter months, New Mexico would be a good pick. When Colorado, and Montana miners get snowed out, New Mexico miners are enjoying the warmer weather.

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New Mexico has some of the oldest mining areas in the United States. The Spanish were mining there in the early 1600’s. American miners came to the Ortiz Mountains in New Mexico seeking gold in the 1820’s; more than two decades before the California and Nevada gold rushes. Some consider this the first Western gold rush. In the 1600’s the quest for commercial grade ore drove the Spanish from Europe to Mexico and then north from Mexico into the Southwest, the area that later became the territory of New Mexico. Profound isolation of New Mexico Territory from the rest of the United States at that time, its vast and rugged terrain, and its hostile Indian population kept exploratory and survey parties from successfully exploiting its mineral wealth until after the mid-1800’s. The area was generally avoided by most geologists and miners. Only a hardy few attempted any mining, and most of those lost their lives to starvation or to Indian attacks.

A large placer deposit was discovered in the Ortiz Mountains, south of Santa Fe, in 1820. In 1828, Santa Fe was an established trading post, and the Pueblo Indian tribes were placid instead of hostile and willing to co-exist with the miners. In 1856, a rich placer deposit was discovered at Pinos Altos, near Bear Creek, northwest of Silver City. It was so rich in gold that miners made $40 to $50 per day just panning gold (that’s when gold was valued at $18.93 per ounce). Within three months of its discovery, one thousand prospectors had come to live and work there. The mine at Bear Creek became the first corporate mining company to form in New Mexico. A few years later, in Silver City, the Legal Tender mine produced $2 million in two years with its high-grade silver ore. The Lake Valley area contained the largest silver deposit in New Mexico. The surface ore there was so rich that one ton could contain 30, 40, or even up to 50 ounces of silver per ton. Prior to 1894, the mine at Lake Valley produced $3 million in silver. Approximately 3,989 abandoned hardrock mines exist in New Mexico according to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service estimates.

About Gold Rush Expeditions

“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.