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  Your Gold Mine of Prospecting Information on the Web

Get Excited as Hooked On Gold assists you, the recreational, small scale miner or gold prospector to find gold, use of dredging, mini sluice, metal detecting equipment, high banking, and our tips on using a Gold Pan. Find places to prospect for gold in Colorado, learn some of the geology and history of gold, the value of joining prospecting clubs, read the Prospectors Blog, familiarize yourself with prospecting Codes of Ethics so you are a knowledgeable and responsible prospector, get answers to your gold panning, prospecting, and equipment questions, so that you will be able to find golden adventures.




Is it REAL gold or is it something else?  Check out the REAL OR NOT page for the answer.  Still not sure?  Give us a holler and ask us a question.  You can do that by commenting on A Prospector's Blog page, or at

You can also get some of your questions about how gold is formed in those rocks you are detecting, too, on the Gold Formations page

Like pictures of BIG GOLD?  Well, check out the slide show at For the Love of Gold.

A vacation to Colorado can be a wonderful experience for everyone.  The Mine and Mining Museum Tour page has suggestions for many other things that you can do while you are here exploring Colorado's mining history.

Last but probably first, you might like to know HOW to Find GoldWhere to look, what to look for, and some of the most unusual places that gold has been found

FYI: UPDATES: New script is being applied and tried so those of you with mobile use and tablets may have a better time with the website. Wish me luck with it!




The Twin Lakes page has information on it concerning the O'Neal property. New place to use and information on where to leave the fee.

New information on Cache Creek 2015 is available on its' webpage with a link to the blm page where you can find the regulation draft link. Be advised that NO MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT OR HIGHBANKING will be allowed on Cache Creek.  You will be restricted to hand/casual use equipment. If you have trouble with the above link, you can always use the regular website, navigate to Colorado and then to area you are interested in. (There is a possibility that they will allow recirculating equipment with restrictions for 2014)


Good Prospecting to All of You.



Have you ever wanted to know more about how to use a gold pan?  Tips on how to use a gold pan can be found on the Gold Panning Tips pages. 

Trying to decide which gold pan is right for you?  Read our gold pan reviews HERE

Gold is UP, Gold is DOWN.  Watch it on the Charts and Regs page.  Get the low down on the Prospector's Code of Ethics and general prospecting regulations, including dredging, on the same page.

Setting up a Sluice box can be a bit confusing.  Our page is devoted to how to do it,  giving you an explanation on the process as well as how sluice boxes work.

Metal Detecting?  The MXT page will give you some information on the machine as well as some general detector use. 


Former National and many time Colorado State Gold Panning Champions, Larry and Shirley Weilnau, bring to you their 40+ years combined knowledge and experience of gold, gold prospecting, dredging, highbanking, metal detecting, and gold panning, so that you can be successful in your search for gold.  Take a tour of for some interesting photos, facts, and tips on everything that has to do with prospecting for gold, especially in Colorado.  We welcome questions and cater to those who are just starting.  Teaching has been an active part of our prospecting experience, and we willingly share most of what we know.  (Hey, nobody tells where their "secret" spots are).  Join us, and you may find yourself, also, Hooked on Gold.

Oh, that's me at the Queen mine last year in Bisbee, Az. They have everyone hold a dud so they can have their picture taken with the dynamite casing.  Very nice tour.

GPAA Denver



Good Prospecting to all of You, and get out there and find some GOLD!   



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ARASTRA near Alma, Colorado


Y'All remember:  Prospectors do it in those cold mountain streams and hot steamy deserts.  See you on the River, at the Museums, on the Mining Tours, Highbanking, Dredging, Metal Detecting, or anywhere else you might find GOLD!

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