I've spent quite a bit of time around Tierra Amirilla/Chama and Rio Arriba County. I'll second what Bedrock Bob had to say about land. Do not think you can just go looking anywhere. It is a beautiful area with some very nice people but you do not want to be caught trespassing. If I were you I would stick to the club claims at Hopewell. If you decide to go there be very sure of your location at all times. The lower GPAA claim on Placitas creek has some good gold. You will need a good four wheel drive and the ability to do some pretty strenuous hiking at 10,000 feet elevation. If it rains you may not be able to get out of Placitas creek until it dries out, plan accordingly. If you do have a four wheel drive do not just go exploring without a local to guide you. You are in for a treat. Take the drive North of Chama along the old narrow gauge RR to the pass. Check out the Ghost Ranch region and make it down to the caldera and Jemez river canyon if you have the time. The Chama region is one of the most beautiful places in the Land of Enchantment. Enjoy the scenery, the people and the weather, you would be hard put to find finer.