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Chloride North Face 003 
20.00 Acres
Unpatented Placer Claim
NM # 106333378
Chloride Mining District
Sierra County, New Mexico

Price: 12,500 USD


Primary Metal
Gold & Silver

Nugget, Flake, & Fines


Buy the Chloride North Face 003 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.

Claim Features

Easy Access

Last Placer Claim Before Private Property

Commercially Viable Year Round Mining Claim 

Claim Status


The Chloride North Face 003 Placer claim is very unique.  The claim is the last placer claim before private property begins.  Additionally, and most importantly, all lode sources that originate the source of the alluvial gold and silver are located upstream of this claim. 
This in turn gives the buyer the maximum amount of opportunity to have gold and silver values on the claim from numerous upstream lode sources.
This claim features exposed bedrock outcrops, tight canyon walls and small concentrated bench deposits containing gold and silver values.
There is a signifcant amount of flash flood boulder piles and uncondslidated alluvial gravels.  While there is fine gold and silver intermixed within this top unconsolidated layer, below the unconsolidation lies a layer of consilidated alluvial materials, the best gold recovered from this claim during the course of sampling came from this layer.
The small bench deposits located on this claim are usually on the inside bend of the stream course or outside bend.  The overburden on the benches range from 6 inches to 2 feet in depth.  Below the overburden, there is yet another layer of consolidated alluvial material containing gold and silver values.
Blacks sand and magnetics are very prolific on this claim.  Whether you intend to dry wash or wet sluice it is definitely recommeded to clean out your riffle boxes at regular intervals to avoid black sand build up within your riffle system.
The walls of the canyon are very steep and where the canyon walls meet the alluvial material I have found gold values to be in much higher concentrations than the bench deposits or the unconslidated alluvial materials.
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.
Of all of the locations I have worked in across the American West the Chloride Creek valley still holds untapped 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, Chalcedony, 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.  Native gold and silver is the norm on the lode mining side and placer has produced fantastic coarse gold.
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

As of February/March 2024 the road has been fixed to allow travel up the chloride creek canyon with standard pickup truck or similar SUV.  From the town of Chloride the claim is located less than two miles due west of Chloride.The access road passes directly thru the length of the claim providing ease of access for gear and equipment to be brought into various areas of the claim.

Recommended Gold Recovery Methods

Wet Recirculating Sluice, Dry Washing, Metal Detecting, Crevicing 

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 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 003 Unpatented Placer Claim NM# 106333378 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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