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Gold Connection 001
20.66 Acres
Unpatented Lode Claim
NM # 106333379
Chloride Mining District
Sierra County, New Mexico

Price: 10,500 USD



Buy the Gold Connection 001 Unpatented Lode Claim for 10,500 USD outright.



(1) Finance in house with a down payment of 4,200 USD and a monthly payment of 289.99 USD for 24 months.  

(2) Finance in house with a down payment of  2,625 USD and a monthly payment of 178.98 USD for 60 months.

Primary Metals
Gold & Silver

Secondary Metals
Copper, Iron, Lead

Average Claim Ore Grade

0.269 Ounces Per Ton Gold

0.231 Ounces Per Ton Silver

Highest Assay Value

0.351 Ounces Per ton Gold

0.315 Ounces Per Ton Silver

Claim Features

10 Gold & Silver Assay Tests Completed

Precision Surveyed

Easy Access With Historic Workings

Located outside of the historic town of Chloride, New Mexico.  The Gold Connection 001 Lode claim has one main adit and numerous small shafts and prospect pits.  The main adit is driven into a highly altered and mineralized vein system called the Apache Vein.  This vein produces gold & silver in addition to a host of other supporting base metals.
This claim has had 10 independent gold and silver assays taken from the claim.  The assay samples were pulled from around the main adit and also from the waste rock piles.  Gold results were as high as 0.351 ounces per ton with an average gold results of over 1/4 ounce per ton at 0.269 ounces per ton gold average.  Assays were consistent and stable in ore grade.
Of all of the locations I have worked in across the American West the Chloride Creek valley still holds a large undisturbed mineral potential.  
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, Calcendony, 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 lode claim including the Nana Mine, Wall Street Mine, and Hoosier Mine.  
Assay Results
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.  
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

Hard Rock Mining 

Land Ownership Status

Forest Service

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 a 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 300 people called Chloride home.  The town included a newspaper, hotel, butcher shops, post office, and stage line.

Today the old ghost town still stands with about 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 Gold Connection 001 Unpatented Placer Claim NM# 10633337 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 

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