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Willow Ridge Gold 
Unpatented Lode Claim
20.66 Acres
Monarch Mining District
CMC# 105785680
Chaffee County, Colorado

Price:  7,500 USD

Primary Metal
Silver & Gold

Secondary Metals
Zinc, Copper, and Lead


Purchase the Willow Ridge Lode Claim outright for 7,500 USD. 


(1) Finance in house with 3,000 USD down and 207.55 USD per month for 24 months.


4 Adits

Highly Mineralized Exposed Quartz Reefs

 Open Cut Pit 

Average Claim Ore Grade

0.199 Ounces Per Ton Gold

0.245 Ounces Per Ton Silver


Located in the Monarch Mining District between the top of Monarch pass and Salida the Willow Ridge Gold Claim is a 20.66 Acre Unpatented Federal Lode Mining Claim.

Originally abandoned in the 1940's this claim has not been brought back into production since closing due to the war act of WW2.  High elevations and short mining seasons has been a deterrent to re-opening this mine since its premature closure.


This mine dominates the claim with a large open cut sunk directly on a Quartz Reef with four different adits driven on other mineral enriched zones.  An abandoned miners cabin sits on the claim directly adjacent to the main portal and an old card believed to be from the 40's or 50's sits onsite as well.  Old mining relics can be found in the general vicinity of the main miners cabin.


The adits have largely been air slacked on the surface due to time, weathering, and erosion.  While it is still believed the underground workings are intact and relatively passable, the adit entrances will need to be re-opened and stabilized to permit safe entrance and egress.  Having air slacked adits is a common occurrence in this part of Colorado.  Long times of abandonment and heavy snowfalls accompanied by intense spring run offs are largely the driving factors that wreak havoc on mine openings.


Adits can either be opened by hand or by mini excavator. Typically, this would potentially require a Notice of Intent Permit (NOI).


Numerous prospect holes are found within the claim boundaries as well as a small shaft and dozer cuts.  It's very apparent once onsite that the previous miners were looking for the highest grade ore (called high grading) due to the amount of prospecting with smaller dozer cuts and prospects.  


The large open cut pit shows surface expression of quality mineralization and strong geologic structure.  Grab samples can easily be found containing easily recognizable indicator minerals such as copper, lead, galena, iron, and malachite.


The mine produced primarily silver as the main commodity mined that came in the form of native silver, but primarily galena (lead/silver).  Other metals that were a byproduct of silver mining were gold, copper, iron, lead, and zinc.


The greater area around the claim had 4-5 historic past producing mines that were of silver/gold origin.  Quartz reefs dominate this claim with widths ranging from a few inches wide to up to 8 feet along the surface exposure of the vein trend.  The vein structures strike primarily Northwest and are steeply dipping.  


Assay Results

Please Note:

 The sample identification name for the Willow Ridge Gold is WRG

The Willow Ridge Gold claim is an ideal claim for a smaller mining venture.  It would be worthwhile to high grade the leftover dumps, re-open the adits, and ideally complete a quality exploration drilling program to further define and delineate the mineral resources onsite.

Gunnison Gold Prospecting Company LLC offers diamond tipped core drill at a discounted rate for any client who purchases a claim thru my company.


The claim is accessible via dirt Forest Service RD that is passable by pickup truck or ATV.  Access is via Greens Creek RD. The town of Salida, Colorado is the closest settlement to the claim with approximately a 30 minute drive.  The town has gas stations, grocery stores, camping store, and firewood/ice to purchase.


Camping is allowed on the claim for up to 14 continuous days.  Additionally, there are numerous dispersed campsites creek side at the bottom of the mountain along the access road to the claim and directly stream side the Greens Creek.

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 Willow Ridge Gold Unpatented Lode Claim CMC# 105785680 is a Registered 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 General Mining Act.


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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Claim Workings Pictures


Open Cut Pit

Air Slacked Adit


Prospect Pit

Main Adit, Air Slacked


Surface Dozer Cut

Small Shafts


Mine Adit, Air Slacked


Mine Adit, Air Slacked


Prospect Pit

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