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
Holy smokes this looks like the funnest trip I’ve found so far! Every year in Trona, California hundreds of people gather for the one of the biggest gem hunts of the year. If you like gems and crystals, digging through mud, and generally having a great time… this one if for you! It only
cost $15 – $20 per car depending on what your after and where you dig.
A little excerpt from the Trona Gem Club website:
For many visitors, the pink halite field trip is the highlight of the weekend.
This field trip starts new each year because the field trip area floods each winter. Any pink halite in the collecting area left behind after last year’s show is dissolved in this water. The photograph below, looking south from the main road intersection on the field trip, shows the collecting on February 26, 2000. Clearly, both sides of North-South Road are flooded with no dry surface.
Over the course of the hot, dry summer, the water evaporates from the surface of these ponds, providing an opportunity for salt crystals to grow slowly. Under these slow crystallization conditions, individual salt crystals can become quite large – up to 2 inches across. READ MORE
The York County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to sponsor a “Panning for Gold” program in Spring Valley County Park, North Hopewell Township. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30th at the parking area at the intersection of Potosi Road Extd. and Line Road.
This is the only day of the year panning for gold is permitted in any York County parks.
This event is open to the public and there is no fee or pre-registration required. To participate in the program, please bring the following:
• Shoes that can get wet and dirty (Footwear is required – no open-toed shoes)
• Old Clothing – you may get wet
• A gold pan and classifier (No Glass)
• A small container for the gold
I found this really cool trip to go gold panning, Apache Trail Tours. First they take you on a 4×4 tour of the dessert, then they teach you to pan for gold! It sounds like they have some very cool tours, besides panning. If your in the Phoenix area, I would definitely try this out. I think I might book a tour next time I’m in town for a convention.
From their website: The most ancient highway in all of North America, the Apache Trail flaunts its irresistible beauty with mighty canyons, jagged mountain peaks, and sparkling desert lakes while exuding the flavor and romance of the old West. As one of the most scenic drives in the country, it is also one of the most dangerous. You can enjoy it worry free as our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides weave the trails and tales that make this land so intriguing!
There’s tons of stuff to do at the Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost in Chicken, Alaska. Guests staying at the Chicken Gold Camp can pan or mine on all of our nearby claims for a daily fee. They allow use of pans, metal detectors, hand sluices, small suction dredges and high bankers (2.5″ max). Their rates are nominal, and you get to keep everything you find! They have had many 1oz nuggets found on their claims. Get you summer plans ready, it’s going to be a busy year in Alaska!
Ok, this one is a little different but sounds very cool. It’s called Gold Adventures LLC. Retired Air Force Colonel, Randy, will let you use his equipment; and will guide and instruct you for 1/2 to full day excursions. What?! Yeah, I know. Pretty dang cool. His prices are way crazy cheap, so be sure to book your summer trip quick before he fills up!
I 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.
Doing 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.