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Hopewell Gold 004
20.00 Acres
Unpatented Placer Claim
NM # 10xxx
Hopewell Mining District
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Price: 5,500 USD

 

Financing

Buy the Hopewell Gold 002 Unpatented Placer Claim for 5,500 USD outright.

 

Or

Option (1) Low Down Payment!

Finance in house with a down payment of 850 USD and a monthly payment of 136.82 USD for 60 months. 

Option (2)

Finance in house with a down payment of 2,200 USD and a monthly payment of 151.90 USD for 24 months.  

Primary Metal
Gold



Size
Flake & Fines

Claim Features

Precision Surveyed

Historic Placer Area

Easy Access & Great Camping

Up To 4 Ounce Nuggets Historically Recovered

Claim Status

Active

Overview
 
Featuring 759 feet of linear stream length flowing thru the claim the Hopewell 001 placer covers the well documented and gold bearing Placer Creek.  
 
A great placer claim that is easily accessible whether you are coming up from albuquerque or down from Colorado.  Enjoy miner friendly mining regulations and a long mining season.
Covering over 759 feet of alluvial streambed on Placer Creek, this claim has a mix of fine alluvial materials, large boulders, large portions of exposed bedrock, all intermixed within a tight and twisting canyon. 
This claim is best suited for a wet recirculation sluice system and decent metal detector for checking bedrock crevices and old oversized tailings piles.
  The Hopewell Gold 001 Placer Claim is located approximately xxx miles west of the town of Chloride, New Mexico. 
The benefit to mining is New Mexico is of course the mining friendly regulations and relatively cool summer mining season.  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.
Geology
Gold recovered was very pure at 900 to 950 fine. Depth of gravel ranges from a few feet thick to as much as 30 feet.
Minerals
Gold, Limonite, Hematite, Malachite, Azurite, Rutile, Calcite, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Sphalerite, with the chief gangue material being Quartz with some Chlorite.
Rock Types
Mafic metamorphic rocks, lower proterozoic
Sedimentary units, Paleogene
Additionally, conglomerate containing coarse alluvial materials, angular host rocks, quartz, that has been cemented by a brown clay like material is prevalent in the area often overlaid by sedimentary formations.  This conglomerate was stated to run between 2-3 USD per ton back in the 1900's and proved profitable for a few small time miners in the area.
Numerous hard rock mines have operated in close proximity to this placer claim including the  and many other unlisted mine shafts and adits. 
Permits are easy to acquire and generally only necessary if you use mechanized equipment, or need to camp in one spot more than 14 days per month.  New Mexico is a very mining friendly state for both lode and placer miners alike. 
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Camping
Dispersed Camping is allowed for up to 14 continuous days.  Additionally, close by the Hopewell Lake Campground provides an established location to camp with more amenities than dispersed camping.  The campground is located just South of Hopewell lake with a beautiful view of the lake.
Claim Map
Satellite Claim Boundary Overlay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Access
As of February 2024 the road has been updated to provide better access from the town of Chloride into the the claim.  A pickup truck or ATV/UTV is still recommended as the road conditions are constantly changing.  There is parking available in Chloride for truck/trailer combinations and lower clearance vehicles. 
With a UTV or pickup truck you can access the claims without problem and the access road parallels the creek wash making for creekside on claim parking with numerous small dispersed campsites located on and near the claim.

 

Recommended Gold Recovery Methods

Wet Sluicing, Dry Washing, Metal Detecting, Crevicing 
 

Land Ownership Status

Forest Service

Gila National Forest General Area Info

The originally discovered in 1880

Gold recovered during the first 3 years of production totaled and estimated 175,000 USD and total production to 1910 is estimated to be 300,000 USD

 

The gold is found within quartz bearing gold veins. and gold bearing sulfide replacement veins. 

 

The host rock consists of precambrian gneisses and schists. 

The fairview placer formed during the early tertiary period and was exhumed by placer creek. 

The gravels found along placer creek are of recent alluvial original, although some gold may be derived from the fairview placer located upstream. 

 

Nuggets of up to 4 ounces have historically been found in the hopewell area. Re: Wells and Wooton 1932.

Operated bu the King William Co. in 1910.  This claim is a transition claim between the lower flat placer (often referred to as the Gill Placer) and the headstone placer area.

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 Hopewell Gold 001 Unpatented Placer Claim NM# 106377491 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

tyler@gunnisongoldprospecting.com 

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