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 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 Willow Creek Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Willow Creek Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Willow Creek Mine is a mystery that is waiting for more exploration. The surveyors reported massive quartz outcrops and a curious, old adit that has long been sealed. The USGS reports beryl as the primary commodity. The mine also likely produced garnet and possibly topaz. The claim is located 22 miles outside of Gunnison, Colorado

    $26,000.00
  • West Willow Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    West Willow Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The West Willow claims sit just outside of Tin Cup. These claims cover 5 adits and an excellent stream. There are likely 4000'+ of workings in the mines. The tailings are dropping directly into the river, making for excellent placer potential. There is also evidence of very (pre-1900) small scale dredging at the site.

    $28,000.00
  • Historic Lucretia Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Lake City, Colorado

    Historic Lucretia Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Lake City, Colorado

    The Lucretia Mine is a perfect example of the small miner gold mines of the 1800s. The mine itself is a very clean old cut that has been meticulously cribbed all the way to the bottom where a short drift works onto a dark iron and gold ore body. There is a rather substantial building on the claim that appears to be a combination of a blacksmith shop and living quarters.

    $21,000.00
  • 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 Independence Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Independence Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Independence mines date back to the 1880s-90s. The lower camp has a beautiful cabin and a high grade ore stash coupled with the larger of the mine workings. The lower adit has an estimated 1000+ feet of workings. 1908 Survey discusses free-milling gold in quartz at the claim.

    $34,000.00
  • Cascade Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Crested Butte, Colorado

    Cascade Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Crested Butte, Colorado

    The Cascade mine is located 9 miles outside of Crested Butte, Colorado. The mine is a very old and forgotten mine. The cut has been overlooked for many years, but shows some amazing gold and quartz on an exposed outcrop. Gold and silver ores are visible in the exposed vein.

  • Historic Prodigal Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Ft. Collins, Colorado

    Historic Prodigal Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Ft. Collins, Colorado

    The Prodigal is one of the big 3 mines in Colorado's Manhattan mining district. The mine produced gold and some silver from 1880 to 1931. Ores from the area were valued up to 15 ounces of gold per ton. This big time mine is a bucket of historical and economic potential. The claim includes a fantastic Gated adit, along with two separate mining camps.

  • 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.

    $60,000.00
  • 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.

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