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To find a gold or gem vacation spot, click on the Gold Prospecting or Gem Hunting menu and select your location. I have them listed by State or International. All locations that I have been able to find on the net are listed. If you know of a vacation spot (that has a website) please let me know, I’m always looking to add more.

If you go on a prospecting vacation, please come back and let us know how it was. Don’t forget to take plenty of pics and video!

Thanks and have a great vacation,

P.S. Please be aware, I do not have an affiliation with any of the locations listed here. Please contact each location from their listed website. Thanks -Dan

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New Gold Location in Alaska

crowcreekI stumbled across another Alaska prospecting vacation adventure. It’s called Crow Creek Gold Mine.  This one sounds awesome!  They teach you how to do everything: pan, high-bank, sluice, dredge, and even metal detect. They’re just a few miles outside of Gridwood, AK which makes accommodations easy.  Start planning your summer trip early this year! Give them a call.

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New Gold Location in South Dakota

BigThunderPanningDoing some internet surfing I stumbled across the Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, SD. They have mine tours, museum tours and you can do some gold panning on site. Plus, they’ll even take you out for some real prospecting out into the hills, if you have the time.

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New Gem Sapphire location in Montana

flume-washingMontana Gems of Philipsburg! Located in historic Philipsburg, MT – just 78 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana and 60 miles west of Butte, Montana on the Pintler Scenic Highway.

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New Gold adventure on the EAST COAST!

NEPA - bruins-nuggetWhat!? East Coast?? Yeah, over in New England Jim and his buddies are teaching classes on how to pan and sluice for gold. And look at the size of the nuggets. Pretty good, if you ask me. I would love to see that in my pan!

They’re taking booking for next season, so be sure to reserve your spot early. I think I might have to take an East Coast trip next summer. Visit my daughter in Minnesota, and swing  on by New England for some GOLD!

Check out their info here.

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The Death Valley ’49ers Annual Encampment ~ Nov. 11th – 15th

This November the Death Valley 49ers are putting on their Annual Death Valley Encampment.

Costume Contest

Man, they have a bunch of stuff going on for the weekend. These five days are filled with events including old-time and western-style music, an Invitational Western Art Show, craft shows, golf and horseshoe tournaments, a pioneer costume contest, 4X4 tours, wagon train and horse parades, community breakfasts and our annual Worlds Lowest 1849 Poker Tournament.

Make sure to visit their website (http://www.deathvalley49ers.org/encampment/) to get all the details! And did I mention the contests! There’s a pioneer costume contest, a gold panning contest, and a wheel barrow race. And it’s pet friendly. They even have a “Pampered Pet Parade“.

Gold Panning


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Gold and Outdoor Festival – Sonora, CA – Aug 22-23

Delta Gold DiggersThe Delta Gold Diggers will be hosting the Gold show this year in Sonora on August 22nd and 23rd. Join them for the whole weekend! There will be two Buildings packed with Booths with live Equipment and Panning Demonstrations. The event will be located right in the Heart of the MotherLoad! Next to the famous Woods Creek that flows right through Sonora. The event is Within a 15 to 30 minutes of GPAA, LDMA and Club Claims; close to Yosemite National Park, Jamestown Railroad Museum and many many other local attractions. Be sure to join the fun as there will be plenty of speakers and demonstrations!

For more information, visit the Delta Gold Diggers website HERE.

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2015 Fraser River Gold Panning Championships!!

Coming up quick! (August 22nd – 23rd) This years event will be held at the Anderson Creek Campground in Boston Bar, BC Canada by gold panning champion Yukon Dan! (MAP)

If you want to get there early, there is FREE Gold Panning for all on August 20th & 21st! Gold panning on the Fraser River in Yale from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. All you bring is your boots! Also, August 22nd is “Free” metal detecting for kids 7:30 p.m. All money & one once copper bars found kids get to keep. (must bring own metal detector) Held at Anderson Creek Campground Boston Bar.

For more information, visit Yukon Dan’s website: http://yukondan.com/home.php?page=championships

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Metal Detectors and Gold Mining

Here’s a nice article that Michael from MetalDector.com was nice enough to share with me for everyone. Read more about metal detecting on their website. www.MetalDetector.com

Metal Detectors and Gold Mining

by Michael Bernzweig

 Today, many people know that there are specific gold prospecting metal detectors used to locate nearly any size nugget.  What many folks don’t know though is that metal detectors and gold prospecting go way back.  Here to tell us more is Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

 The first type of electromagnetic device used for gold prospecting was first used over 400 years ago!  The dip needle, as it was called, was used  to measure the earth’s magnetism and to find magnetic objects located underground.  In fact, this type of device is even said to have been used by the Spanish to find gold and silver with great success.  Although the dip needle itself didn’t necessarily locate the actual treasures, it could be used in prospecting to detect minerals related to gold thereby guiding the prospectors toward potential places to start digging.

 For the longest time, this was all that gold prospectors had to tell them what might be underground aside from their own geological observations, and, of course, their pick ax!  Then came metal detectors.

 In the early 1800′s many different scientists were attempting to find a way to detect ore-bearing rocks from the surface since it would be so helpful to miners; and of course make them wealthy in the end as well!  With this level of inspiration, it wasn’t long before the first crude metal detectors were created.

 It was still quite awhile before the use of metal detectors in gold mining became widespread though.  During the early years metal detectors relied on huge battery packs that lasted for only a few short hours, if that.  The machines themselves were heavy and cumbersome as well making them difficult for miners to take out into the field.  However, technology improved rapidly and in less than 100 years metal detectors were being used by gold miners of all kinds.

 This rapid shift was due in large part to the invention of the transistor.  Once the transistor was perfected in the late 1950s early 1960s, metal detector designers were able to create smaller, more effective machines that were easier to use.  With this new technology gold mining got easier as well and more people were inspired to try their luck at finding some gold; and many were quite successful.

 Fast forward to today and metal detectors are still leading people all over the world to gold nuggets large and small.  Want to try your luck?  Be sure to do your research to find the information you need about choosing the best gold prospecting metal detector for your nugget hunting adventures and more. Then, you’ll be ready to become a gold prospector yourself; and, quite likely, a very successful one with the help of your metal detector.


About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.

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