Gold Panning

Try your luck at traditional style gold panning with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado all weekend at Burro Days. There is no charge and its great fun for the whole family!


Gold Prospectors of Colorado (GPOC) is a non-profit organization for gold prospectors in Colorado.  From El Paso County, all of Colorado and the rest of the nation, and around the world, our membership grows and remains strong!

Our solid code of ethics requires our members to respect the land while prospecting, regardless of their location.  Keeping the land in the same condition as before your arrival is key to securing our rights to continue prospecting, as well as a solid club reputation.

We offer educational programs for schools and more.  Please contact us for educational program info. GPOC is committed to educating the general public on gold prospecting and the science behind gold recovery. We demonstrate and teach gold panning at a variety of events, such as the Territory Days in Old Colorado City, Burro Days in Fairplay, and the Denver Gem and Mineral Show.

The organization has several claims, where GPOC members can participate in a variety of prospecting activities.

Each year, GPOC organizes outings and tours for our members. Most outings are to GPOC claims and have a dual focus on introducing new members to the claim and demonstrating specific prospecting methods and equipment such as use of sluices, dredges, highbankers, and long toms. We also organize tours of points of interest to gold prospectors. Many of our tours are to places that have limited access to the general public. Other tours are to places like the Cripple Creek and Victor Mine where we arrange for special access, group rates, and special guides.

The GPOC offers small scale prospectors a public forum in which to talk about common interests. Members are able to discuss the latest technology in prospecting, listen to guest speakers, and have access to tips and tricks at our public monthly meetings in Colorado Springs.

The GPOC sponsors the annual Colorado State Gold Panning Championship. The event is normally held the first weekend of August and draws gold panners from around the world. The three-day event is an excellent opportunity to see a variety of panning techniques and learn from some of the best.
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