New Mexico Mining Claims

New Mexico Mining Claims for Sale

- We stake and claim mines throughout the western United States. When the weather gets cold up north we head down to explore and claim New Mexico Mining Claims. Minerals are the state's richest natural resource. New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment". A great place to get gold fever, especially if you want to work your mines in the winter months. If we currently don't have any New Mexico mining claims for sale feel free to check out our other mines in the Western United States (below).

New Mexico has some of the oldest mining areas in the United States. Native Americans mined turquoise more than 500 years before the arrival of the Spanish 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, but 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 ($1,100 - $1,800 in todays money) just panning gold. 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 interface between the dolomite and the shale had seen a chemical reaction that enabled the formation of a rich silver deposit. The surface ore there was so rich that one ton could contain 30, 40, or even up to 50 ounces of silver. Prior to 1894, the mine at Lake Valley produced $3 million in silver. For more information on New Mexico mining districts please refer to the National Bureau of Mines website. Approximately 3,989 abandoned hardrock mines exist in New Mexico according to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service estimates.