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I would first like to say this forum is awesome. I have a terrible case of the gold fever but I am the only person I know that has it. I'ts nice to have a support group to help me through the illness taking over my life. I got sick about 6 months ago and have been having the time of my life. I spend all day everyday either learning all that I can or going out with the intention of finding gold but then have too much fun digging a hole where I know there isn't any gold(or at least don't think there is). I have been panning confidently for months then just today threw 6 led pellets in my pan and tried panning the rocks on top of my 1/4 inch grizzly and ended up with only 3. It looks like i'll be spending tommorow just practing to never lose a pellet. Anyway, like I said I have been having so much fun just learning, hiking, exploring, building, collecting every rock that is even some what interesting to me, but it's been six months now and I would love to find some gold. I have found some flour gold but even running my sluice all day it's about 6 microscopic lupe sized gold not even worth putting in a vile cause it's kinda embarassing. I was wondering if anybody has done some prospecting in utah and had any results? it has been winter so a lot of the places i want to try have been off limits but still it seems like this is "not" the place for gold fever it's driving me nuts. I would love to see a picture of somebodys utah gold. thanks adam

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Adam,

Welcome to the forum!!

I don't know much about gold in Utah, but I did a little searching and found this club in Utah, if you're close enough to attend their meetings this would be the best way to get to know where the gold is in your state, here's the link to the club website.

http://www.utahgold.org/index.html

Also I will give you the link to the search page results for you to check out any other possibilities.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=gold+prospecting+in+utah&qs=RQ&form=QBRE&pq=gold+prospectingutah&sc=4-20&sp=1&sk=

Good luck with your new affliction, there is no cure for GOLD FEVER, there is only therapy, which is finding a little color in your pan or under your coil!!! :brows:

Skip

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Thanks for taking the time to respond. I realize I do need to join a club cause i'm getting pretty lonesome by myself with no gold. The club at the link you sent is about 5 hours from where I am but I did find a club in my city of st. George. Everybody keeps saying to dig to bedrock but i've never been able to get there. I've been digging almost non stop for two days, my hole is about 4 feet wide and 10 feet deep and still just loose rocks and dirt. I studied the area for a long time before i started digging. I've read all the usgs reports, found the trenches that they dug 5 years ago for studying the quaternary fault, they dug down 18 feet so I figured that would be the best place for me to start to hit bedrock. I don't know, i'm sore and need a day of rest. Thanks skip.

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Adam

I f you are digging near St George,you may need a longer shovel.

Some of that sand can go for ever before seeing any bedrock. :*&$*(:

Most of the gold in that area is flood gold and really small. Actually

most of it will be scattered all the way from the surface to the bedrock.

If you can get down to a clay surface it will contain lots of fine powder

gold. Separating it is the tough part.

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:hahaha: After 55+ years of goldnutz addiction I can testify to your plight. Nuttn' beats the razzle dazzle of the hunt and finding a pound or two is righteous :wubu: With all the insane rules,regs,mandates and litigation I must say your a bit late for the TRUE miners experience but just get with some guys in the know and all will open up to ya immediately. If no gold club local please look into gem/mineral or detecting also as goldnutz are everywhere and will definately speed up them newbie blues and once gone your days will be golden :D:D tons a au 2 u 2 -John PS-look at my pic and think of you there in it instead of me :ROFL: now get up and get out and get ya some!!

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When I look on the metal detecting forums I't seems like people are bitching about digging a two foot hole and they're looking for nuggets. I guess when i'm in my cave with no bedrock I just couldn't picture that's what everyone is doing for some flour. I met one oldtimer who said he could teach me everything i need to know but when we got to the field he spent the whole time telling me stories from 40 years ago and saying what we need to do is get some dynamite. He didn't move a muscle or teach me anything, all talk, i doubt he's ever found gold in his life anyway, I can't wait to go with someone who knows what they're doing. Someone oughta start taking people out and working them hard so they can learn and in return you keep all the gold you found for the week or something. If there is anything like this out there I would love to know about it. Thanks Adam.

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I have heard there is some gold in the mountains west of St. George, get "A Guide to Gold Panning in Utah" by Alan Chenworth. That's the most comprehensive and up to date reference I have found for Utah by far. In my opinion, the placers of the House Range and Henry Mtns. are the best in Utah. Osceola, just over the border into Nevada is better though. I have highbanking equipment if you ever want to make an outing to the House Range or Osceola, I always have a hard time finding people willing to help with the required work. I've invited family members in the past and they seem to get bored or tired pretty quickly.

Being in St. George, I think a lot of places in AZ are just as close to you as the UT locations, might want to look into those as well.

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Bigrex I love that book. He goes into alot of detail on everyspot, the type of gold you'll find, the history, how to get there, and maps. The Gold Strike mining district, in the Bull valley mountains is the spot just 30 miles to the west St. George. I have'nt gone there yet since i've been in Provo while my house is under construction due to flood damage, but I definately plan on it. I've looked at all the surrounding areas and I would love to spend some time in the north-western part of Arizona, around Gold basin, King tut. I almost went to Osceola last week but the forecast was pretty bad. everything read about southern Nevada makes it sound like Utahs flour gold, I understand you gotta go north to the Humboldt mountains for gold you can pick up with your fingers. I would love to get together to find some gold, my schedule is pretty maluble so let me know when and where you're thinking. It would be awesome to take advantage of some spring runoff with that highbanker. Anyway, let me know what your thinking. Adam

p.s. I can't get bored as long as we're hunting

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Are you sure about that highbanking equipment for use in the House Range of Utah? At least other than for in the stream bed use. As I understand it highbanking in Utah is not allowed as even the Utah dredge permit rules say it is prohibited. The state of Utah seems to view it as a type of hydraculic mining because it washes bank material back to the stream course. If used below the natural high water line you might get by with it but I would be afraid to try it up and away from the water course.

Glenn

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Hi dredgebug,

Unless something has changed in the last year, it is fine on the private claim out there. You do need to purchase a year pass to have access to it.

Rex

bigrex

Are you sure about that highbanking equipment for use in the House Range of Utah? At least other than for in the stream bed use. As I understand it highbanking in Utah is not allowed as even the Utah dredge permit rules say it is prohibited. The state of Utah seems to view it as a type of hydraculic mining because it washes bank material back to the stream course. If used below the natural high water line you might get by with it but I would be afraid to try it up and away from the water course.

Glenn

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Adam,

For one, I feel you! im very sick aswell. I just had my first son, who is amazing by the way.. but it has had me out of the game for a bit. Im used to being out every other weekend. Ive settled with the gold porn on these forums to get my fix. in the next few months, once hes a few more months old, ill be back at it again.

Dont give up, gold will show up. Every trip counts! Continue to learn.. forums, books etc. Utah does have gold! Ive seen it. i plan on spending a lot of time in your area. i have land in enterprise and make the trip from vegas as much as possible. my past trips have been mostly fishing, hiking etc but this year ill be focusing on gold! A big difference between Utah and the surrounding gold producing states is that Utahs smaller productions were kept hush hush. Many of the finds never made it to the books. I do acknowledge it isnt a widespread nugget heaven but people do find gold. If your having trouble hitting bedrock, explore your area until you find good looking geology with exposed bedrock. work out from there using proven methods of searching but knowing your still relatively shallow to the floor. sample and move on. gps your each sample, take home concentrates and then return to the better areas.

Wazzup Rex, ill hit you up next osceola trip. Im bringin a keene 151 next time.

Good luck

Landon

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Hi Landon,

Yeah, anytime you want to make a trip to Osceola, let me know, I have some areas I want to further explore and take up where I left off there. I know at least one spot that might prove interesting for a dry washer.

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