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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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Gold Panning in Arizona!

apachetrailI 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 apachetrail_goldfingera 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!


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Found another gold site in Chicken, Alaska!

chickengoldcampThere’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!

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New Gold adventure in Colorado!

goldadventuresllcOk, 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!

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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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