Panning for Gold in Colorado

    Panning for gold in Colorado is a great way to spend time with the family and additionally get to know the wonders this state has to offer as well as its rich and fascinating history. The well known of Colorado Mineral Belt transversely cuts into the central and southwest of Colorado and is located right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and placers can be located downstream from a lot of the mining districts that are in the Colorado Mineral Belt. Some of the most popular and well known are located at Alma and Fairplay, Breckenridge, and Leadville. These have been worked on a fair bit. During 1859 to 1972 Breckenridge was blessed with some of the richest gravels and recovered around 800,000 ounces of placer gold. Right in the middle of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the biggest and most known of gold mines in Breckenridge. Today you can visit and venture into a real gold mine at this historic and restored mining site. Around 300,000 ounces of gold was found in the placers in Alma and Fairplay and Leadville. The most productive placer gravels can be found in the Front Range area of the Colorado Mineral Belt. Colorado is known historically as a mining state. As expected this place attracts prospectors that are interested in panning for gold in Colorado and that are on vacation wanting to find a nugget, a little color in their pan or perhaps one of the many gem specimens Colorado is also known for. Panning for gold in Colorado can be a fun experience for the whole family given that there are places one is allowed to keep the specks of gold they find as a souvenir. The mine sites can be visited as well and visitors can look at the original mining equipment. Visitors interested in coming to Colorado for panning and prospecting purposes have diverse options given the different gold deposits that can be found in the region. Find out about the places that are open to the public.