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Chloride North Face #2 
20.00 Acres
Unpatented Placer Claim
NM # 1xxxx
Chloride Mining District
Sierra County, New Mexico

Price: 12,500 USD



Buy the Chloride North Face #2 Unpatented Placer Claim for 12,500 USD outright.




Option (1) Finance in house with a down payment of 5,000 USD and a monthly payment of 345.22 USD for 24 months.  

Option (2) Finance in house with a down payment of 3,125 USD and a monthly payment of 213.36 USD for 60 months.

Primary Metal
Gold & Silver

Small Nugget, Flake, & Fines

Claim Features

Easy Access

Commercially Viable Year Round Mining Claim

Claim Status


In house financing is an option for clients and financing can either be a 24 month financing term or 60 month financing term.  You can work the claim while you finance it all long as permits are not required.  The mining I completed with a Keene Engineering 151S did not require any type of permitting.
The benefit to mining is New Mexico is of course the year round weather.  Add in the monsoon season which usually deposits fresh gold into the washes and alters the stream course you have a new challenge and opportunity every year on this claim.
This claim is not suited to a recreational weekend warrior type prospector.  The ideal claim purchaser would be someone looking to make mining their full time job year round.  The purchaser should have a strong work ethic, be self sufficient, and have to equipment to camp and mine small scale year round.
Of all of the locations I have worked in across the American West the Chloride Creek valley still holds a special place in my heart.  Steep towering canyon walls that twist and turn are overshadowed by the Apache Vein; a north south striking behemoth of epithermal origin that cut its way thru the valley leaving behind dozens of parallel veins, quartz stock works, limonite, and massive hydrothermal alteration.
Gold, Silver, Silver Chloride, Lead, Copper, Iron, Tellurium, Smithsonite, Mottramite, Quartz, Calcendoy, Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, Sylvinite,  Zinc, Azurite, Bornite, Calaverite, Calcite, Galena, Cuprite, Garnet, Magnetite, Malachite, Molybdenite, Amethyst, Sphalerite, Wulfenite
Rock Types
Andesite, Clay, Dolostone, Limestone, Rhyolite, Sandstone
Igneous Rock - Normal Crystalline Igneous Rock - Fine Grained Volcanics
Numerous hard rock mines have operated in close proximity to this placer claim including the Nana Mine, Wall Street Mine, Hoosier Mine, and Gold Connection Mine.  The Wall Street Mine has now been purchased, permitted, and brought back to life by a client of Gunnison Gold Prospecting Company.  Native gold and silver is the norm on the lode mining side and placer has produced fantastic coarse gold 650 feet upstream of the Chloride North Face #1 Placer Claim.
UAV Photos
Dispersed Camping is allowed on this claim.  There are numerous alternative dispersed camping areas within a half mile radius of this claim.  Additionally, the town of Chloride located less than one mile away has a small RV park in the historic ghost town of Chloride, New Mexico outfitted with primitive or powered RV campsites.
Claim Map
Satellite Claim Boundary Overlay

Unless you have a high clearance 4WD vehicle with a lift, rock tires, skid plates, and rock sliders I would not attempt to access this claim.  The norm for the district is to park truck and trailer in Chloride then commute and bring supplies in via UTV with off-road trailer.  
The Wall Street road that begins at the edge of town and follows the valley into the claim is not recommended for anything other than UTV travel as the monsoon season annihilates the road and the Forest Service has not graded the road in at least 3 years.  Even though you should not drive a truck or SUV to the claim UTV commuting is easy and cost effective.  
Additionally, and most importantly the poor road conditions has kept this valley a secret and impassable by less equipped weekend warrior type prospectors.  A huge benefit when there is so much gold on the ground.
With a UTV you can access the claims without problem and the road parallels the creek wash making for creekside on claim parking with numerous small dispersed campsites located on the claim.


Recommended Gold Recovery Methods

Dry Washing, Metal Detecting, Crevicing 

Land Ownership Status

Forest Service

Rough Camping & Mining Costs

Gila National Forest General Area Info

The Gila National Forest is one of the largest National Forests in the lower 48 states.  Covering over 3 million acres the forest boasts relatively warm winter, cool summer temperatures and is host to many large and small mining operations in the present and past. 


Quality dispersed camping sites are found within the National Forest boundaries.

Prospecting, hunting, and ATV/UTV riding is very popular in the Forest.  Recently overloading camping adventures have found amazing multi day routes thru the forest covering magnificent view from barren desert to highly timbered areas.

The first log cabin was built in 1879 in Chloride after Harry Pye a veteran prospector and freighter found silver float that was a unique high grade silver called Silver Chloride, of which the town was named after.  Post discovery log cabins, tent cities, and a boomtown surrounding the find sprung up in and around present day Chloride.  


During this time period the Apache's who inhabited this land created havoc, chaos, and destruction for the incoming prospectors seeking to stake there own fortunes out.  Battles between the prospectors and Apache's were common place.

By 1887 the townsite of Chloride was officially established and in the coming years some 3,00 people called Chloride home.  The town included a newspaper, hotel, butcher ships, post office, and stage line.

Today the old ghost town still stands with 25 residents and a very active mining museum located in the rehabilitated and preserved town of Chloride.  The museum is open to visitors and walking tours, an RV park, and rest area is available to visitors.


What Is Included In The Purchase

  1. Quit Claim Deed

  2. Google Earth Map

  3. Waterproof 24X36 hardcopy 1:24,000 Map

  4. Corner & Discovery Point GPS Coordinates

  5. 2 Hours of Free Complimentary Consulting

  6. Certificate of Location Copy


Prospecting Disclaimer

The Chloride North Face #1 Unpatented Placer Claim NM# 105267494 is an Unpatented Federal Mining Claim.  Any form of mining or prospecting is barred without prior approval from Gunnison Gold Prospecting Company.  This website listing does not constitute or convey approval from Gunnison Gold Prospecting Company to mine or prospect the claim in any capacity.  Mineral theft is a Federal offense and is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as listed in the 1872 Federal Mining Laws. 

Next Steps

  • Contact Me

  • Setup A Prospecting Day if you would like to test the claim before purchase (Optional)

  • Buy Outright or Finance In House

Contact Information


Tyler Long

Lead Prospector

Gunnison Gold Prospecting Company

Direct Line:  970-901-9043 

Original Certificate Of Location

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