Rocks & Minerals
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Many towns in the Colorado Rockies were developed and once thrived as a result of the discovery of gold and silver-laden ore. Gold panning, rockhounding and metal detecting are favorite pastimes for many visitors.
Be sure to know where you are at all times because it is illegal to engage in any of these activities on private property or unpatented mining claims.
Also, be aware of guidelines and requirements related to any mineral location and prospecting on National Forest System Lands.