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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!