Gold Prospecting Trip 68

We came back to Rock Springs in search for more of that yellow metal we saw last time. We now have more equipment and more manpower.

We drove our equipment to and from the site with a Polaris Ranger RZR 4 800. It was very comfortable to ride and handled much better than a quad.

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It took about 45 minutes to get setup and ready. We pumped water from the nearby creek which was about 200 feet away. We used 1.5″ Discharge Hose. This hose is lightweight yet very tough and easy to transport. You can see the low pressure hose and foot valve go into a 5 gallon bucket. I drilled about 250 holes in that bucket to allow enough water to seep in. The purpose of the bucket is to keep the algae from building up too quickly around the foot valve and stopping water flow. We only needed to clean this once per hour versus once every five minutes. This helped a lot.

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The “little pump that could” had no problem pushing the water 200 feet going uphill. We ran it at 90% throttle for about 7 hours and used less than one tank of gas.

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Josh, Brandon and I worked at least 1.5 tons of material. One ton is forty 5 gallon buckets.

There is about two feet of sedimentary deposit lying on top of metamorphosed bedrock. Not sure where the source of gold originated from, but one old timer suggested it was deposited there about 30-35 years ago from a flood. I sampled many places around the bottom of the site and found no gold. It appears to be all in this hard packed sediment on this hill.

It was a clear day and hot. Next time I will suggest using shade cloth over the work site.

I will pan the concentrates later this week to see how much yellow metal was acquired.

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    I saw you guys on this day walking by. I dig in a few holes around the area all the time. Happy to finally find the blog! Still can’t believe you had all that stuff down there. Awesome operation. It’s nice to see someone go big once in a while because it’s a great spot that a lot of places in Arizona just don’t provide. Glad you guys wound up with some color. I recommend this dig if you can find it!

  2. Well, what did you end up with on this trip?!

    Cool site!

    1. Enough to come back for more – that’s all I will say. There is plenty of flour gold there for everyone. Usually gold in each pan depending on where you dig. We try to visit many different locations to get an idea which places are better than others. I’m sure we will be back here someday because its a good place. That ATV is awesome and we would have to use it again. We camped for a night on the sand in our tents. I remember the full moon shining bright while eating by the fire. It was really neat.

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