Finding Gold in New Ways


Buy a gold pan, become a prospector, and hopefully you'll start finding gold. To be honest, the only place I've seen gold in my pan is in Canada, (I used to live in Michigan and traveled north occasionally). I have tried panning a few times here in Colorado, and have found nothing but flakes of mica that look like gold. People have been having some luck panning for gold in the mountain streams of the southeast and the west, but whether or not you find any gold, it is always a nice way to spend a day outdoors.

But putting that gold pan in a mountain stream is not the only way of finding gold. For example, the metal culverts that go under roads can collect gold in the bottoms of their grooves, while the lighter material is washed out. One man built a power washer with an extra long wand, which he slowly pushed through a culvert to wash everything out the other side, onto a piece of carpet or other material. When he panned through what washed out he found enough gold to make it worth his time. When in a known gold-bearing area you might want to scrape out a culvert or two and put what you collect in a bucket, to pan out at home.

Then there is the man who bought a farm property, and while cleaning out the barn he found dry moss piled up. The previous owner had regularly collected the moss from streams to sell to garden-supply stores. After burning the moss to dispose of it, the new property owner found small globs of gold in the ashes left behind. Apparently gold flakes and bits get trapped in stream moss, and after locating the stream it had come from, the man started his own regular collections. Throw some moss in that gold pan next time you're out prospecting.

In the 1990s, after the "El Niño" weather pattern, hills in the southwest were eroded by storms, which uncovered gold and other valuables minerals. People started finding gold nuggets on these hilltops, using metal detectors that are designed for this purpose.

Finding gold in old tailings piles is another common occurrence. Ore and rock were taken from mines in the past, then broken down to be processed, but chunks of rock which didn't easily break were thrown aside. Some of them may have had a chunk of gold inside, but before metal detectors existed there was no way to tell without breaking them down smaller, which was too time-consuming. Now you know why there is still gold at all those old mines out west, and what you need to find it.

There a lot of old mines out here - I've discovered more than a dozen in the last two years. Of course, if you can get to a mine easily (many are on public land and near roads), other people can too, so most of the tailings piles of these mines have probably been searched. Find a mine that is miles from the nearest road, and maybe - just maybe - nobody has been there yet with a metal detector.

How Much Can You Make?

Who knows what is possible as far as profits, but this is a fun and cheap hobby to try.

Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities | Tips

If you do find gold, it is still possible to file a claim on public lands, and you can even sell gold claims - another way to make money without having to do all the digging, panning and sluicing yourself.

Qualifications / Requirements

You'll need a gold pan if you want to try streams. I prefer the dark-green or black plastic ones best. They make it easier to see the gold flecks.

Check with your local BLM or Forest Service office, but most federal lands are open to prospecting without a permit.

First Steps

Look over the resources below, buy a gold pan or a metal detector designed for finding gold, and get started.

Resources - A site about finding gold. - Search "panning for gold" for some good instructional videos to get you started.

If you liked this page please let others know with one of these...

Other Relevant Pages

Finding Lost Buried Treasure

Outdoor Work That Pays

Money Making Ideas

Odd Ways to Make Money

(The newsletter has been discontinued.)

Every Way to Make Money | Finding Gold in New Ways