KANOWNA BELLE GOLD Placer Mining Claim, Cottonwood Creek, Dolores County, Colorado

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20 acre in Dolores County CO Camping Hiking - Easy 2-WD

The Kanowna Belle Gold placer claim has approximately 775 feet of creek to work at your leisure.

The creek runs parallel with county road R, which is a nice well maintained wide dirt road that is relatively private on national forest land. The Cottonwood creek ranges from 10-50 ft. from the road, which results in easy 2WD access.        

Cottonwood Creek has parking and camping areas available, but also is only 20 minutes away from the closest town if hotels are preferred.


Commodities: Primary Gold / Secondary Silver

County: Dolores, CO

Elevation: 7,608 feet / 2,319 meters above sea level

Access: Cottonwood Creek is located right next to the road, which makes for easy access to reach the claim. US Highway Fs Road 532 is a well maintained paved road and accessible by 2WD. The creek flows about 10-15 feet away from the road, so you have easy access to and from your vehicle.

 These placers contain gold which was undoubtedly derived principally from the mineralized areas at the heads of the San Miguel and South Fork. A minor contribution of gold may have been made from the ore deposits of the Mt. Wilson district at the head of Big Bear Creek and perhaps from those near Sawpit. The San Miguel watershed was the source of the placer gold on the Dolores River below the mouth of the San Miguel, for there are no placer deposits on the Dolores for many miles upstream from the junction.

The road cuts through this claim making for easy access.

Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:

  • Quitclaim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and the BLM offices.
  • Welcome packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
  • Educational documents to annually renew your mining claim with the BLM.
  • A CD of all of the documented images of the claim including maps of the site.
  • Map of claim marked and GPS coordinates.
  • Multiple maps showing claim location and surrounding areas for access.  

The creek itself ranges from 6-22 ft. wide, and flows year round at a good rate. The depth of the creek ranges from 8-10 inches for the shallow areas to up to 3-4 ft. deep in the deeper areas.

The color in the water is very vibrant any way you look. 


The principal placers along the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers are in three areas. One extends downstream for 9 miles from Sawpit, one downstream for about 22 miles from Cottonwood Creek, and the third upstream from Rock Creek for about 6 miles. The first area is in San Miguel County; the others are in Montrose County. Placerville is near the center of the first area, and Naturita near the center of the second; Uravan is about 9 miles upstream from the third. The placers range from 7,700 feet elevation near Sawpit to 4,744 feet below Rock Creek. They lie in a usually narrow, steep-walled canyon cut in the mesas between the northwest flank of the San Juan Mountains and the southwest flank of the Uncompaghre Plateau.

The canyon walls are broken by a number of bedrock benches on which the placer gravels have been deposited. They are locally covered with pine and juniper trees and small brush. State and county highways parallel the rivers through most of the placered areas.


PERMIT NOT REQUIRED- Non-Significant Surface Disturbance/Casual Use – consists of any activities that will not result in surface disturbance or otherwise impact other resources such as vegetation, fish, or wildlife, or their habitats. Examples of activities that may be considered to not result in significant surface disturbance/casual use include gold panning, hand- sluicing, dry washers, and battery operated equipment, using existing roads and trails for access. Digging small holes on gravel bars may be considered to be casual use if only one hole is open at a time, and no hole remains unattended for more than 24 hours. The use of pumps may be considered to be casual if water is contained in tubs or buckets so as not to cause erosional features. In general, the use of suction dredges with an intake nozzle of 4” or less and an engine of 8 horsepower or less are generally considered to be non-impactive and/or casual use.        

PERMIT REQUIRED- Any activities that may result in surface disturbance or otherwise impact other resources. Anyone who is proposing an activity that may result in surface disturbance, use mechanized earth-moving equipment, affect vegetation, or conduct activities other than as described above, should consider filing a Notice of Intent with the appropriate FS office or a Notice with the appropriate BLM office. The BLM or FS will review the information and determine whether the proposed activities are likely to result in potential resource impacts and whether you may proceed or if further action should be taken to comply with applicable regulations.


Dolores County, in southwestern Colorado, contains deposits of silver, lead, and zinc in the mountainous eastern part, which is a dissected laccolithic dome. The western part of the county is within the Colorado Plateaus.  Dolores County has had a total gold production through 1959 of about 104,500 ounces; almost all production has been a byproduct of silver, lead, and zinc deposits of the Rico district. (western mining history)





*Before heading to the claim, you will need to check the road conditions, since some of the roads can be closed different times and days

The area is full of dirt roads, so a good map and a good GPS unit is a must, but we'll show you exactly where it is on the map as well as provide you with the precise latitude and longitude of each corner marker, so finding it will not be a problem for you.

I advise caution whenever driving or hiking on this claim – the entire valley is dotted with abandoned mines – most of them are easy to see from a distance, but some of them are impossible to see until you are right on top of them. I would estimate that only 20% of them are roped or fenced off – the rest are wide open and you should be extremely careful if entering them.

A couple of spare tires or an air compressor and patch kit or at least a couple of cans of tire sealant is strongly recommended for obvious reasons! Also, be sure to bring in whatever water you may need, as there are almost no water sources in the area 10 months out of the year.  






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