Our Colorado Gold Maps show there are currently 14,515 active gold claims and 263,948 abandoned gold claims located throughout the state. Of those active claims, 13,090 are lode claims and 1,425 are placer claims. Of those abandoned claims, 242,516 are lode and 21,432 are placer. Colorado’s 14,515 active gold claims represent about 3.3% of all active gold claims in the lower 48 states.

Colorado Gold Map When you first open our active Colorado gold map you’ll get a satellite view of the state boundaries with little yellow (lode claims) and orange (placer claims) clusters throughout. Those clusters represent high concentrations of active lode and placer gold mining claims. This view of these clusters gives us a very accurate idea of where most of Colorado’s gold is being found. This near real-time look at these gold bearing areas is simply not possible with traditional fold-out paper maps.
Colorado Gold Map Now zoom in about 30 miles west of Denver to a little mountain town called Black Hawk Colorado. You can clearly see the active (orange) and abandoned (green) placer gold mining claims boundaries throughout the area. You are now on public land in the Arapaho National Forest. You can find dozens of non-claimed gold prospecting locations for you and your family to try your hand at. Our maps will save you at least $200 in gas alone by showing you exactly where to go.
Colorado Gold Map Zoom in further still and you can click on the placer claims for the MTRS number to determine ownership and other information about the claim(s). This information is for professional prospectors only. Recreational gold panners should not try to contact claim holders and always stay away from claimed property. Please read our Viewing Tips page to learn more about MTRS numbers.
Colorado Gold Map Still looking at the Black Hawk area, turn on the Google Earth™ overlay entitled Parks and Recreation within the More overlay. Now you can see some Arapaho National Forest campgrounds, ranger stations and hiking trails. You can zoom in further still to get a birds-eye view of roads, creeks and other points of interest. Using Google Earth™ satellite imagery, altitude and distance measuring tools will eliminate most surprises like, “I didn’t know that hill was so steep.”

Colorado Gold Maps Note: None of the Colorado images above show just how close you can zoom in and see potential gold panning locations. You’ll be amazed at how crisp the satellite imagery is and how much exploring and planning you can do from the comfort of your home. And don’t forget, Google Earth™ is a free download and must-have tool for all gold prospectors.

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