There is a great deal of gold to still be found in the Mojave Desert.
One hellavalotta gold. It is estimated that only about
one percent of the Mojave's gold has been extracted; there's tons and
tons of it still out there. That's the good news. The bad news is, the
cost of finding a significant portion of the rest (for instance, another
one percent) and then extracting it is currently far more expensive
than the gold is worth. The gold that has been collected has been the
"surface" gold: the stuff that has been left out there is
hidden and probably deep. The area has been picked over for three
hundred years at least: the odds of finding a rich strike is very
New technologies, safer transportation, and newer access to once-remote areas may yield an opportunity for one to collect a modest amount of gold, and have fun doing so. Perhaps what I have presented here will help one collect a bit of the shiny, gilttery stuff.
|The First Step||Deserts don't like to kill people: please don't force them to kill you while you are looking for gold (or at any other time).|
|Where to look||Gold is where other people have found it. One's best bet for finding and collecting gold for oneself is to look where others have collected gold. Topographic charts that have already been marked with the locations of abandoned gold mines will save one a great deal of time.|
|Making a Claim||
Paperwork sucks; I would rather be counting and weighing and fondling gold
than sitting at a desk filling out forms. Making and keeping a gold
claim costs money; one must provide the government the proper forms
and fees before one may work a claim.
This page also includes the BLM's publications on how to make a claim, and how to maintain a claim.
|What It Looks Like||Gold ore is almost as beautiful as Kelli Williams! This web page shows several images of gold, and will therefore take some time to load if one has a slow Internet connection.|
|Equipment||The first part of this web page shows the basics one should purchase for collecting gold from the desert. The second part shows the Keene Dry Washer, included here only as a "nice to have" item.|