Where Can I Legally Prospect for Gold in Arizona

Gold Basin is another gold region of Arizona. Gold was first discovered here in the 1870s and mining began immediately and lasted until the late 1930s. What makes the area such a special place for prospectors is the fact that it has hilly terrain with little water. This means that there are still many gold nuggets in the old gold mines and claims. South of Aguila, 15 miles away, in the northwestern part of the Big Horn Mountains, is the El Tigre mine, which consists of 12 claims that have produced vein gold. Another place where a lot of gold is found is the quartz site. Placer stores around the city have been providing gold to small gold seekers since the 1860s. The rivers and streams listed below flow through gold-bearing areas. In the Wickenburg area, the whole region presents itself with dozens of old piles of mines, which sometimes results in large gold nuggets due to the negligence of the first miners.

Southeast 7 miles from Wickenburg, in the sands and gravels the entire length of the Hassayampa River, there are remarkably abundant placers for several miles under the mouth of San Domingo Wash. Hassayampa placers were very productive in 1934-49. Southwest 14 miles and 9 miles west of the Hassayampa River, on the southern edge of the Vulture Mountains, you will find the Vulture mine, which was the largest gold producer in the county (366,000 ounces of gold), 1863-1959, site of large factories and 100 tons of cyanide plant used in 1934 to leach old stocks. In the gable of the Red Top Basin northwest of the Vulture mine, an area of about 3 square miles, vulture placers continue the Vulture Wash for 2 miles southwest of the mine, many dry washes, pits, etc. for their gold content. To the west 18 miles and 2.5 miles south of US 60 is the Sunrise Mine Lode. To the northeast, a large mining area extending into Yavapai district produced vein gold. In the reservoir mountains, all regional streams and gravel contain soapy gold. At the eastern foot of the mountains, the mines and prospecting areas Puzzles, Golden Harp, Ramey and Regal, all of which have been worked with dry washing methods, are said to contain rather coarse soapy gold. In fact, Arizona is believed to have more abandoned gold mines than any other US state! Located in Yavapai County, Rich Hill is one of the state`s most famous gold sites.

He is known not only for the large nuggets found and are still found in the area, but also for the 200 ounces of gold that Weaver and his men are said to have found when they discovered the site. Pinal County ranks sixth among Arizona`s gold-producing counties with 893,350 ounces of gold veins and soap mined between 1858 and 1959. The mine and the former mining town are now privately owned, but prospectors have seen some very beautiful gold nuggets in the surrounding desert. Definitely worth a visit! At the Alamo Crossing of the Bill William River, about 40 miles north of U.S. Route 60 in Wendon, Yuma County, there are many old regional mines, such as the Little Kimball, which is located 5 miles past the intersection with its Jim Rogers Mill, which has now been abandoned at the intersection. North of this 16 miles, in Rawhide`s Ghost Camp on the Outlaw Trail «Owl Hoot» and a temporary stop where desperados could mine raw gold from nearby Rawhide Butte, you`ll find free milled gold. The Santa Cruz River is another river known to contain gold. Dry washing is another good option that prospectors have been using for centuries. It is essentially a machine that uses gravity to capture gold. You simply put the dirt in the top of the machine, then it filters the lighter material and retains the gold. To generate electricity, you can use a crank or connect it to a power source such as a generator or battery. Dry washers cost around $300 to $600, so it`s best to build one yourself.

South of Wickenburg is the vulture district, site of the famous Vulture Lode gold mine. This district was first processed for soapy gold beginning in the 1860s. Soap production in the area was overshadowed by production from the Vulture mine and little is known about the early yield of placers. North of Washington, about 17 miles east of Nogales to the south by a stepped gravel road and northwest 3 miles from Four Metals Mine and 2 miles west of Proto Mine, there are traces of gold veined in base metal ores. However, the history of gold in the region goes back even further. As early as the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors roamed the region in search of the precious metal. Although they didn`t seem to find much, Franciscan priests began treating placers in southern Arizona about 200 years later. It is believed that they managed to extract significant quantities, but no record of this has survived to prove it. The rules of prospecting are simple: in this park you are only allowed to look for gold.

You cannot use airlocks or metal detectors. The King Tut Placers of the Lost Basin area were the largest gold producer in the 1930s. This mine is located at 14 0290N 0170W, which ranks it 18th for placer claim density with 51 claims. The first records of gold mining in the Cave Creek District date back to 1888, but it is likely that mining operations existed before that. There are some limits to the amount of equipment that can be used to search for gold here. Only pans and metal detectors are allowed, larger rooms such as locking boxes are not allowed. Some beautiful gold nuggets found in the Arizona desert. At Mammoth, in the southeastern part of the county, on the eastern flank of the Black Hills; Total production of 403,000 ounces of gold, of which approximately 40,000 are by-products of San Manuel copper ores. You will find the Mammoth mine, which was mainly a gold vein with molybdenum. Also the San Manuel mine, mainly copper with a by-product of gold. If you walk 3 miles southeast, in Section 26, in Township 8 South and Range 16 East, you will find the Collins Property and the Mohawk Mine, both near the mammoth, they produced gold vein with lead, copper and zinc. Southwest of Kingman, 3 miles and 0.5 miles northeast of McConnico, on the site of the former bimetallic mine, in the areas and canyons, you will find the Lewis Placer, which produced very coarse soapy gold.

If you drive 6 miles southeast into the Maynard district, you`ll find the Lookout Placer, along the bed of a shallow canyon, and the gravel on the hill contains coarse gold. If you go south into the Lost Basin Range, there were many mines producing vein gold in the Lost Basin. If you walk 15-18 miles northwest on US 93, you will find the Wallapai district, near the center of the Cerbat Mountains, including the former Cerbat, Chloride, Mineral Park and Stockton camps, very many former lead-silver-zinc mines that produced 125,063 ounces of by-products from 1904-56. If you are divided into 3 sections 10 to 25 miles west and northwest of Chloride, the Weaver District in the northern part of the Black Mountains: (a) on the western slope, the Virginia Camp; (b) on the eastern slope, the Mockingbird, Pyramid and Pilgrim camps; (c) a few miles north of Pilgrim, the Gold Bug Camp, dead. Prod., 1900-59, of 63,200 ounces of veins and gold by-products. If you drive 56 miles northwest, to the northern end of Red Lake Place, a 9-mile dirt road that branches off into the northern United States.

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