20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Cochetopa Mining District / Saguache County, Colorado
With this claim you will be getting the exclusive mineral rights to 20 acres on an excellent spot on the river for you to work. Included inside the claim is 714 feet of the river that you can work at your leisure.
Cochetopa Creek is about 30 minutes outside of Gunnison in the heart of some of Colorado’s wildest and most beautiful country. It is a popular fishing spot especially for trout fishing. so you will have easy access to food, supplies, lodging and just about anything else you might need to enjoy your time looking for gold in the town of Gunnison. About 14 miles away we have Parlin, CO with a few RV parks on the way to Parlin.
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Cochetopa Creek offers many areas of public access along Highway 114 beginning at mile marker 12 and continuing 5 miles upstream through the narrow part of the canyon. Several picnic areas offer public access and parking along the Cochetopa. Above that watch for signs that read "State Stocked Water - Permission Required." Be sure to ask permission to fish these areas. The Cochetopa is well protected by willows, alders and brush. It is best fished late in the summer when you can traverse instream. For the persistent angler, this stream will yield very nice rainbow and brown trout. Near the summit of Highway 114, approximately 20 miles south of US 50, look carefully for a sign that reads "national Forest Access - Old Agency." turn south onto this good gravel road to a "T" intersection on Cochetopa Creek. You are now in the middle of the Colorado Division of Wildlife's (CDOW) Coleman Easement. This area contains roughly five miles of Cochetopa Creek, two miles of Los Pinos Creek and one-half mile of lower Archuleta Creek. All three of these streams have excellent population of wild trout.
Come to Hike, Camp, Ride and Shoot - or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)
ABOUT THE MINING DISTRICT
COCHETOPA MINING DISTRICT, SAUACHE COUNTY, CO
The Cochetopa mining district lies south and southeast of the town if Gunnison from 8 to 12 iles distant. It runs northeast and southwest 12 miles, and is about 8 miles in width. and is generally known as the Cochetopa gold belt, from the fact that gold quartz predominates and ore is found over the whole district, carrying more or less free gold and in nearly all the dry gulches "colors" can be found. The whole district is comprised of rolling hills geberally covered with brush here and there with an altitude of about 8,000 feet. The climate is relatively dry, 12 -16 inches of percipiation a year.
Geology / History
The oldest rocks of the district are Proterozoic meta-morphic rocks that consist of quartz-biotite schist, hornblende gneiss, and minor ultramafic rocks, which were intruded by Proterozoic biotite granite and granite gneiss. The Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, which in this area is about 300 ft thick, unconformably overlies the older metamorphic and igneous rocks. The Lower Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone and the Upper Cretaceous Mancos Shale overlie the Morrison Formation. Miocene volcanic rocks, including the Conejos Formation and younger quartz latites and rhyolites, are found in the southern part of the district (Malan and Ranspot, 1959, p. 4). Northeast- and east-trending faults are the dominant structural features of the district. The east-trending Los Ochos fault is near vertical and displaces the Morrison Formation beds about 120 ft down to the north. Splits of the fault contain ore bodies in the Thornburg Mine. Another east-trending fault in the southern part of the district displaces Miocene volcanic rocks against Proterozoic igneous rocks
Cochetopa means "Pass of the Buffalo" in Ute. Chief Ouray and the Utes were moved onto the Los Pinos Indian Agency on Cochetopa Creek in the 1870's. It was here, in 1874, that Alferd Packer found his way after allegedly cannibalizing his fellow miners during a cold winter hence the nearby Plateau named 'Cannibal Plateau.'
In 1884 gossans were discovered. Gossans real value to prospectors was as a sign of ore deposits underneath. And in addition to iron, gossans concentrate native gold and silver.
The greater portion of the district is capped with trachyte, and the whole is underlaid with metamorphic granite. The "colors" and free gold in the quartz that can be found upon the surface have in time past attractted many prospectors to examine the district. Gold, silver, and copper are all commodities that you can expect to find within this district.
The headwaters of Cochetopa Creek stem from 14,014ft San Luis Peak in south-central Colorado and flow north for nearly 45 miles before meeting with Tomichi Creek just east of Gunnison. This creek is a classic high country stream flowing through miles of open meadows, rife with oxbow bends and undercut banks, as well as a canyon stretch running along Hwy 114.
Note that all of the below pictures of this claim were taken by my team and/or myself on a recent visit to this property.
All Pictures are of the actual property – no stock photographs were used