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 Montezuma Gold Mine – lode claim – San Miguel County, Colorado

    Historic Montezuma Gold Mine – lode claim – San Miguel County, Colorado

    The Montezuma-Carribeau Mine is set in the heart of Colorado's historic Ophir Mining District. There are over 67,800' of workings in this mine. That is 12.8 miles of drifting, crosscuts, raises and winzes. Between 1881 and 1913 the mine recovered an estimated 50,000 ounces of gold.

    $39,000.00
  • Cumberland Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Crested Butte, Colorado

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

    Colorado claims are always a great find, some are more impressive than others. This would be one of the more impressive ones. This is a high-mountain site, set at 11,700 feet, with gorgeous views. Surveyors reported free-mill gold on the claim. The entrances have collapsed and would need to be cleared out and cleaned up before they could be worked.

    $24,000.00
  • Historic Bon Ton (Gold Hill) Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pitkin, Colorado

    Historic Bon Ton (Gold Hill) Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pitkin, Colorado

    This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind site. The Bon Ton has a good history dating back as far as 1862. This massive old property produced millions of dollars in gold and silver before 1900 and continued to produce right up until it was shut down in 1941. The Bon Ton is located on the Cumberland Pass Road as it winds up out of old Pitkin.

    $28,000.00
  • Puma City Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Park County, Colorado

    Puma City Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Park County, Colorado

    The Puma City mine is located in one of the more remote areas of Colorado. The mine is named for the old town of Puma City, that used to service the mine. The town was located just below the mine, but is long gone today. The area is stunning on its own, but there are also some very rich mines in the area that were producing substantial gold values (2-6 oz per ton) into the early 1900s.

    $16,000.00
  • Historic Roosevelt Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & 20 acre placer claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Roosevelt Gold Mine – 20 acre lode & 20 acre placer claim – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Roosevelt is mining operation was a massive undertaking that includes: a branded and gated adit entrance, a double battery (10 stamp) mill, a power station and much, much more. The Roosevelt tunnel was driven to intercept three rich ore veins from mines on the other side of the mountain. A placer claim covers the river and a lode claim covers the mine.

    $180,000.00
  • 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 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.

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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

Arizona

California

Idaho

  • Historic Homestake Gold Mines – Two 20 acre lode claims – Sun Valley, Idaho

    Historic Homestake Gold Mines – Two 20 acre lode claims – Sun Valley, Idaho

    These 2 lode claims cover the Homestake mines, a large group of old silver and gold mines. The mines reported conservative reserves of silver in 1929, at $200,000. This pricing with Silver at .53 an ounce means that there is an estimated reserve of 377,358 ounces. In today's values, that silver is worth $7,547,169.00. Plenty of history here, with a lot of ore still inside the mines.

    $46,000.00

Montana

  • Aurora Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Jefferson County, Montana

    Aurora Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Jefferson County, Montana

    The Aurora Gold mine is a lost treasures that has been nearly completely forgotten about. Although its history notes it as a very substantial gold producing property, it sits hidden back in the trees, and what people cannot see, they forget. The Aurora was a complex of a few thousand feet of underground workings. It boasted a few fine tipples. Rail cars and a small tram system.

    $22,000.00
  • Historic Park Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Coolidge, Montana

    Historic Park Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Coolidge, Montana

    The Park mine is one of several rich mines in Montana’s Pioneer mountains. It’s located just 1/3 mile from the its neighbor, the massive Elkhorn mine, and works into the same mineralized faults. The tailings we saw from the Park were amazingly rich. Samples taken by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1995 ran from 1.05 to 5.8 ounces of gold per ton.

    $51,000.00

Nevada

New Mexico

Oregon

Utah

  • Historic Pyramid Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Juab County, Utah

    Historic Pyramid Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Juab County, Utah

    The Pyramid claim is located 38 miles outside of Nephi, Utah. These are some of the oldest mines in the West Tintic district, thought to be the same Pyramid mines that were discovered and worked by Porter Rockwell. Good ore is still seen throughout the workings. This historic mine is a prime candidate for high-grading and possible further development.

    $18,000.00

Wyoming

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