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Own a Gold Claim for Fun and Profit

Updated on September 7, 2014

Get Your Own Gold Claim

This is the place to to find gold claims and mines for sale.

Over time we will also be adding useful and interesting information on the subject of gold prospecting and finding gold.

Gold Claims are available all over the U.S. but are most common in Alaska and California and Colorado. These three States lead the nation in recreational and commercial gold mining. Other states with large numbers of claims are Oregon, Arizona, and Idaho.

Check out the gold maps at They have comprehensive gold and mineral claim maps available .

Gold prospecting is a fun and sometimes profitable hobby.

This site is dedicated to those who share an interest in gold prospecting and mining.

How to Buy a Gold Claim

Tips and Advices for Buying a Gold Claim

Although the idea of owning your own gold claim is alluring and compelling, there are several very important questions to answer and things to consider before making the purchase.

If you are new to prospecting or it just seems like a good idea to buy a gold claim my advice is - Step back and get a complete view of what this entails.

Never Ever buy a gold claim site unseen and without doing a little research.

The first thing to know is that all legitimate claim filings are a matter of public record.

These records are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is a governmental public land management section regulated by the Department of Interior.

Some information is available online on the BLM websites but you will still need to physically examine the claim records to ensure its validity, the type of claim and all information associated with it.

Before buying any claim you need to answer these basic questions.

1. Does the claim actually exist and is it available for transfer of ownership?

Is the claim valid and legal and what type of claim is it.

Placer or Lode are the two basic types. The type determines how it will need to be mined and the equipment needed.

A Lode claim deposit is where precious metals or minerals are embedded in the surrounding rock.

A placer claim refers to mining of precious metals or minerals that are dispersed among

particles of soil, sand or gravel. These deposits typically occur in or near stream beds or old stream beds.

Basically these are gold deposits that formed from events of nature like erosion, earthquakes, rock slides, etc.

A mill site claim is used to process minerals.

Is the claim available for transfer and is so, what are the legal and administrative steps involved and what are the costs involved in the transfer?

2. How accessible is the claim?

Physically visit the claim and look for the following:

Where is the claim actually located?

Do you have to cross private property to access it?

If you need to access or cross private property can you get permission to trespass?

Can you access the claim by motorized vehicle?

Do you have to hike to it on foot, and if so how far is the hike. Obviously, if you have to hike in there will be severe equipment limitations.

3. Do you need to acquire permits to dig, dredge or otherwise tamper with the environment? What does this involve and what are the costs?

Many areas are now closed to certain mining methods. You need to know of any equipment restrictions and what they entail. Dredging for example, is now closed in many areas. As a result of this many claims are now for sale in these restricted areas.

4. Does the claim have valid documented evidence of yield provided by a licensed assayer?

5. What is the history of the claim? - How long has the claim been mined and how intensively has it been mined? In other words, is there anything valuable left or is it "mined out"

6. What is your purpose for buying a claim?

If it's just for fun, exercise, family outings, or just to say you own a gold claim than less scrutiny need be employed.

Purchasing a gold claim for commercial and/or profit motivation will naturally require a more intense scrutiny.

7. How about finding and staking your own claim?

Have you explored the possibility of finding and staking your own claim? You might find this is actually cheaper than buying one.

I hope this information helps and provides some positive guidance.

Below is some contact info for the BLM field offices.


Phone: 907-271-5960


Public Room hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (AT), M-F


Phone: 602-417-9200

Fax: 602-417-9556

Center Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM (MST), M-F


Phone: 775-861-6500


Public Room hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm (PT), M-F


Phone: (916) 978-4400

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PT), M-F


Phone: 406 896-5000

Office Hours: 8:00 AM 4:30 PM (MT), M-F


New Mexico

Phone: (505) 954-2098


Hours: 8 AM - 4 PM (MT), M - F


Phone: 303-239-3600

Hours 9 AM - 4 PM (MT), M-F


Phone: (503) 808-6008


Hours: 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM (PT), M - F


Phone: (801) 539-4001


Hours: 7:45 AM-4:30 PM (MT), M-F


Phone: 208-373-4000


Hours: 9:00AM -4:00 PM (MT), M-F

Eastern States

Phone: 703-440-1600

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (ET)

This office includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and all states located east of the Mississippi River.

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      look4more 5 years ago

      @askformore lm: You betcha! And what a great topic of conversation that would be!

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      askformore lm 5 years ago

      This is a great idea as a gift for the man who (believes that he) has everything