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.

  • Historic Doctor Park Mine – 60 ac. lode & 20 ac. Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Doctor Park Mine – 60 ac. lode & 20 ac. Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic world class mines, 25 miles outside of Gunnison, Colorado. A 1916 report labels this mine “The greatest freak of nature…it is a mine which already has brought its owners excellent returns, and as the deposit of ore appears to be inexhaustible, the wealth that will come from the mine will rank among the millions.” Water and cabins on the claim. Best suited for a serious miner who has the capital to invest in a mining operation.

    $45,000.00
  • Historic Mingo Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Mingo Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Mingo is a lost treasure; likely worked prior to 1890 and then forgotten. The mine has been cut following the highest grade gold and quartz vein. There are other veins showing good ores that have scarcely been touched. There is also a high grade pile outside the mine. A placer claim covers the water that runs down the center of the claim, with fleck gold visible in the water.

    $32,000.00
  • Historic Red Buck Gold Mines – 2- 20 acre lode claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Red Buck Gold Mines – 2- 20 acre lode claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Red Buck Claim group is an entire mining operation. Cabins, a complete mill, a saw mill, lode mines, shafts, adits, an assay office and more. This is a one of a kind site, its high country Colorado. Thousands of ounces of gold have been turned out of the Red Buck. There are an estimated 5000 ounces in unprocessed ores at the mill.

    $85,000.00
  • Historic Joker Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Historic Joker Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    The Joker mines are long-established gold mines that have produced thousands of ounces of gold. The mines closed down in the 1940s and never returned to their former production and glory. This is an amazing collection of lode and placer claims that cover the entire workings of the Joker Mines. A large holding pond, built to provide water for hydraulic mining, is still in place.

  • Historic King’s Canyon Mine – 2 claims – Lode & Placer – Jackson County, Colorado

    Historic King’s Canyon Mine – 2 claims – Lode & Placer – Jackson County, Colorado

    The King’s Canyon claims are a great example of elusive, but massive gold mines, which Colorado is known for. A well maintained road passes within a mile of the claims, but the mines lie hidden up an old overgrown road. There are two claims, a lode and placer, that cover two separate mining operations. Estimated years of operation were from the 18960s-1940s. The area is a mining wonderland.

    $48,000.00

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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.

Current Mining Claims in the Western United States

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Montana

  • Historic Galena Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Silver Star, Montana

    Historic Galena Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Silver Star, Montana

    The Galena mine and camp is a historically documented working of the Silver Star district. Noted with production of gold and some silver with lead (Galena). The mine overlooks the valley and the town of Silver Star. Gold can be found in the tailings and at the entrance of the mine. Free-milling and easy to process by hand.

    $21,000.00
  • Historic Capitol Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Beaverhead County, Montana

    Historic Capitol Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Beaverhead County, Montana

    The Capital claim is a collection of four rich, productive mines, located in Montana's Argenta district. Visible free-milling gold was found in several spots around the claim. It's a miner's paradise: a historic mine, tons of old relics, gold, water, timber that can be used in support of the mining operation, and plenty of work to be had.

    $34,000.00

Nevada

  • Historic Wildhorse Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pershing County, Nevada

    Historic Wildhorse Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pershing County, Nevada

    The Wildhorse mining claim is nestled in the remote hills of Pershing county, Nevada. A 1973 report on the property is simply amazing, and show what a small mining operation should be. A husband and wife team were producing $70k to$ 80k per year in 1970’s numbers. In today’s dollars, that is $360k to $418K. These numbers and values were recorded with the US Mint where the metals were sold.

    $55,000.00

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