Metal Detecting in Colorado Western Mountains

by Keith Ruck
(Grand Junction, CO)

I was wondering about metal detecting in western Colorado mountains. Probably kind of northeast of Ouary area up in the big blue wilderness area.

I am new to metal detecting and don't know too much about it. I've read that Whites MXT-300 does pretty good for nuggets in CO mountains. I will have to hike in about 5 miles where I want to try, so its kind of off the beaten path. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Stan's response: Hi Keith, Your planned adventure sounds great. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong with the MXT-300.

Just be sure to practice a lot under different mineralization conditions before going into a remote area. Each detector has it's own personality and you must learn what every little sound means. It is time consuming work, but a very good investment of your time. Use earphones!

My favorite nugget detector in the next price range up is the Fisher Gold Bug II with multiple coils.

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Metal Detecting
by: andy


You're welcome Andy

Metal Detecting around Grand Junction, Colorado
by: Andy

I am more interested in historical sites in or around Grand Junction, Colorado. Gold nuggets would be great. I love old coins too. There is good history in this town, I just gotta find it. I have an Ace 250 detector. Thanks.

Stan's response: Hi Andy, here is what I would do around Grand Junction in order to save time and get to the good stuff as soon as possible. You need to put your "investigator's hat" on for this...

1. I would acquire topographic, geological and historical maps for all of the areas that interest you. Pick up a notebook and pencil for taking notes and hand drawn maps.

2. I would contact all related local clubs and retail stores in order to meet experienced people and discover the best places to go for gold and treasure. Prepare to take notes (or record) on everything they say. Here are some web pages with maps, addresses and phone numbers to start you off...

3. Join clubs and meet people that you can go out into the field with for prospecting and metal detecting. Actually go out with them and see how they operate. What specifically separates the winners from the wannabes?

4. After your preliminary investigations and initial trips, prioritize a list of a dozen places or so to begin putting your boots on the ground by yourself or with a trusted friend.

Within about 3-6 months, you should have files of more places to go than you could ever visit in a lifetime.

Grand Junction, Colorado Metal Detecting
by: Andy

Where are some spots to detect in the Grand Valley?

Stan's response: Hi Andy, What are your main areas of interesting in metal detecting? Are you more interested in nugget shooting, historical sites for small gold, or are you most interested in treasure caches? Once you get back to us, we can hone in better on some target sites for you.

Metal Detecting in San Luis Valley, Colorado?
by: jeff

Can I go metal detecting anywhere in San Luis Valley, Colorado?

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