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AZ 40 ac SuperstMnts Gold&Gem MiningClaim

Sold: 40 Acres Priced At $3,500 (USD)
Pinal County, Queen Valley, Arizona, United States
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This is a legally registered 40 acre gold mining claim for sale, the Superstition #5.
Located about 16 miles northeast of the quaint mountain town of Queen Valley that has all the necessities, 35 miles from the larger city of Apache Junction, and 65 miles east of Phoenix,
In Pinal County, Arizona.
Camping spots are on the claim with trees for shade.

National Forests remained open at all times during the virus with a televised invitation by the Director for families to visit them as safe places for family recreation, making our mining claims some of the safest places for your family to enjoy and get away from all the nonsense.

Large extended washes run all the way thru the claim, being excellent places for gold deposits.
Flatter camping areas on the claim are along the wash with trees for shade,
The washes on the claim are a great advantage for prospecting, especially when the summer rains run down the washes, then depositing gold flakes down from the mountains and rock formations.
Large buttes, rock formations, and mountain ridges make for great gen prospecting areas on the claim.
Scroll down lower left on this listing to see larger pdf file maps and satellite views.

This is a very unique area as the claim is located near the base of the famous Superstition Mountain and near the Superstition Wilderness Area where you can hike north into the wilderness via the created trail, Rogers Trough Trailhead.
The mountain range is in the federally designated Superstition Wilderness Area, and includes a variety of natural features in addition to its namesake mountain. 
Weavers Needle, a prominent landmark and rock climbing destination set behind and to the east of Superstition Mountain, is a tall eroded volcanic remnant that plays a significant role in the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.
This claim is in the exact area of that famous search for lost gold treasure.

This historical area of the Superstition Mountains has the most desired claims and lives up to its reputation that is so widespread. The legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine centers around the Superstition Mountains. According to the legend, a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz discovered a mother lode of gold in the Superstition Wilderness and revealed its location on his deathbed in Phoenix in 1891 to Julia Thomas, a boarding-house owner who had taken care of him for many years.
Many since then, and even today, search for the Lost Dutchman Mine, including the TV series, Legends of the Superstition Mountains, episodes linked to here:


This area is all claimed up, as is an historical area for gold prospecting.
Up the mountains/buttes on the claim are good areas to explore for gems with your rock hammer.
Besides gold, this is also a great place to hunt for specimen rocks and other gemstones as agate and ruby red garnets are often found in this geological region.
We found a nice pocket of crystals on the claim,

It is a good sign for our claims here that other experienced prospectors have claims in this same area before us.

The Superstition Mountains are a rock collector’s heaven including an abundance of gemstones.
This area has one of the longest histories of gemstone production.
Arizona ranks first for where all of the natural gems are located and is famous for its turquoise and petrified wood.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and address where I would scan and email you a signed contract.

Total price of $3500, paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment,
A signed contract will precede payment.

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Gold and gemstones abound in this area.

I am a retired teacher, and got into prospecting as a hobby with my family.
I am 69 and my wife 67, and we have gained the experience to select the best areas to locate claims.
A mining claim is an affordable way to enjoy the beauty of the land combined with the adventure of panning for gold.

For the possibility of constructing any building you or others could live in, you need to file a Plan of Operation with the BLM for approval, showing you have developed a “full-time operation” performing “diligent mining.”
You do not need a plan, permission nor a permit to camp and prospect.
You do not need to be a full time prospector to file a Plan for a shed type structure.

If within one year you are not satisfied with your claim, you can trade for another comparable claim, just paying the BLM and County transfer fees which will be about $125.

Claim buyer will also receive a new, free, Gold Panning Kit:
One 14 inch Gold Trap pan; One 10.5 inch Gravity Trap pan, One combination sifter/classifier with 7/16 of an inch exit holes, One Gold Guzzler snuffer bottle, One Tweezers/ Magnifying Glass combo tool.

Owning a mining claim is having access to a lifetime of great family fun and recreation, in a very beautiful, natural setting: Arizona, is a great, scenic state, where the spirit of the old west still lives on.
Mining Claims are also a great investment, as claims go up in value over time, just as land does.
if you purchase a claim from us, at no charge, I would help you if you ever decided to sell in the future.

This is a 40 acre unpatented, gold mining claim, the Superstition #5 placer claim. The claim is legally registered with the Bureau of Land Management out of Phoenix. You own the mineral rights, not sharing with others, on the 40 acres, and use your 40 acres, recreationally for camping: tent, camper, or RV, and prospecting. In an awesome canyon, with beautiful views of nearby mountain ranges and rock formations. Great combination of good access, wilderness beauty, and gold prospecting potential.

See the listing onsite pictures, showing one of the most beautiful areas in Arizona. This claim is surrounded by mountain views. Located in the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains, see area info links bottom of listing.
Location Monument is a 4 foot wood post that has been placed, with an attached copy of our Location Notice, as required by the Arizona BLM.

For the possibility of constructing any building you or others could live in, you need to file a Plan of Operation with the BLM for approval, showing you have developed a full-time operation performing diligent mining.
You do not need a plan, permission nor a permit to camp and prospect.
You do not need to be a full time prospector to file a Plan for a shed type structure.

With an approved BLM Plan of Operation, a building can be built on the land: any building that benefits and improves the claim.
As stated by the BLM, this can be the "construction of a building, road, fence, or enclosure necessary for mining."
Current usage, is what the BLM calls, Casual Use: panning, shovel, rock hammer, metal detector, creek powered sluice box, where no permission nor permit is needed to camp and prospect.
You can prospect as little or as much as you like.
Now that we have located the claim, you never have to declare to the BLM any gold you find.

On our visits to the claim, we found about 1/8 of an ounce of gold in and around the extended wash on the claim, value approx. $225. Those with more time to prospect may find more. Today's gold prices are over $1800/ounce.
Though we could never guarantee what you will find, we did locate this claim in an historically rich area for gold prospecting.
I know of no more accessible areas in these mountains to locate a claim, as the whole area is claimed up, many being long time prospectors.
Gold prices are gone up over $400 per ounce in just this past year.

You are allowed to post No Trespassing for Prospecting signs in and around the claim.
A mining claim owner may limit or restrict public recreational use of/or public access across claims or portions of claims that are actively used for prospecting, mining, or processing operations where public recreational use of a claim would endanger or materially interfere with legitimate mining pursuits.

40 acres = 1320 ft. x 1320 ft.

This claim has direct, national forest road access on one of the better National Forest Road, Hewitt Canyon Road, with areas for camping, and gold and gems discovered in surface prospecting.
About an hour and a half from Phoenix.
From the town of Queen Valley, take North Queen Valley Road to then a sharp left onto
East Hewitt Station Road for 3.1 miles,
Then left on the claim road, Hewitt Canyon Road for about 9 miles to the SW corner of the claim. Hewitt Canyon Road is Forest Road 172.
See listing picture showing the entrance to Hewitt Canyon Road.
Then following GPS coordinates below to the claim.
Though we did not need 4WD, there are some places where a higher clearance vehicle would be best. The claim road is grated once a year.
You can also enter the area on Highway 60 East, taking a left, North, on North Queen Valley Road, then to straight to East Hewitt Station Road to left on Hewitt Canyon Road.

This claim is in a very mineralized area, and is great for rock hounds, metal detecting, relic hunting, and dry-washing. Many historical gold rich producing mines are in this area, including the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine, see links end ot this listing. Canyon mountain views and rolling terrain. Pinal County is a region of broad desert plains and canyon mountain ranges. It is one of the largest areas of historic gold mining discoveries. Great views of the surrounding mountains and rock formations.

Our claim is in the Tonto National Forest, which embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether its lake beaches or cool pine forest. Hikers, backpackers, wildlife observers and photographers will find many recreation opportunities here. Rugged topography and the area's Hewitt Canyon furnishes the solitude and secluded experience treasured by many wilderness visitors. The town of Queen Valley is a 16 miles southwest of the claim which has a store and gas station, and the larger Apache Junction is about 30 miles, off of route 60, just before the N. Queen Valley turnoff.

A transfer of ownership is a sale of legal, exclusive ownership of a mining claim site. To be a legally recorded claim, gold had to be found on the claim, which was completed by us, as we are the original claim locators.

Your ownership is legally conveyed via a Quit Claim deed, and legally recorded with the BLM and Pinal County. A Quit Claim deed is the required legal document per the BLM.
Each year, on or before September 1st, you need to file a form with the Bureau of Land Management, along with $330. We will supply this form to you.
Fee is paid, not due again until Sept. 1, 2021.
There are no taxes on mining claims in Arizona.
You must be a current US citizen with a US address to own a mining claim in the US.
2 names are needed on your deed.

An unpatented mining claim is a specific parcel of federal land, valuable for a specific mineral deposit or deposits. It is a parcel for which an individual has asserted a legal right of possession and the right to develop and extract a discovered, valuable, mineral deposit. Mining claims are real property that you can buy, sell, or inherit. After proving the existence of valuable minerals on the land, the claim is legally recorded with the Bureau of Land Management, and Pinal county.

Your 40 acres is the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 23, Township 1N, Range 11E, G&SR Meridian, known as the Superstition #5 mining claim, 40 acres, located in Pinal County, Arizona. Claim number: AMC461095

Gold always occurs in gravels in the metallic state and when so found has various physical characteristics. Gold is dense and heavy, it has a characteristic metallic color, and it is soft and easily malleable (it is easily formed by hammering). These are the characteristics used by prospectors to identify gold in the field. Placer gold occurs on the claim as small grains derived from gossan formed by weathering, and oxidation of the gold, copper and iron rich veins. Gold also occurs as grains flakes and small nuggets derived from the erosion of mineralized fault zones.

The Federal Government owns the land.
You are purchasing the mineral rights.
You can legally camp for free, with camper and RV on the whole 40 acres.
A claim owner does not need permission nor a permit to camp and prospect.
Prospect, explore, and camp on the whole 40 acres.
This is not a sharing of a mining claim: Is your exclusive ownership.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and address where I would scan and email you a signed contract.

Total price of $3500, paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment,
A signed contract will precede payment.

After receiving your payment, my wife and I will process 2 notarized deeds, transferring our claim ownership over to you, with both the BLM and Pinal county.

GPS Coordinates:
Superstition #5

NW 33.4151, -111.1916
NE 33.4151, -111.1873
SW 33.4115, -111.1916
SE 33.4115, -111.1873


"We live in Arizona and purchased a mining claim from Mr. Leu.
The claim is everything as advertised. The Superstition Mountains make for awesome views. We have camped on our claim a number of times and have found gold in the wash on our claim. We are very happy with our purchase.”

“Living in another state, we were a little skeptical on buying a mining claim in Arizona. But our personal experience with Mr. Leu has been a family blessing.
Our camping and prospecting on our claim has brought our family closer together.
We were so pleased, we bought a claim in Colorado from Mr. Leu, and are looking to buy one also in California as we look to plan family vacations around our claims.”

And just a note of encouragement for you if purchase:
My wife and I have located, prospected on, and sold mining claims in
California, Colorado, & Arizona, going on now for over 10 years.
You can trust we will process your notarized deeds correctly and quickly.
In that mining claims are processed thru the Bureau of Land Management, a
Federal Govt. agency, not following thru per our legally signed contract, would be a federal crime. I certainly will do what I say, and would never put myself nor my wife in any legal jeopardy.
Also, we have sold properties on 4 sites online for over 10 years:
Landsalelistings, Landwatch, LandandFarm, and LandsofAmerica.
Our continued good status on these sites is due to our always following thru, as just one time we would not, we would not be allowed to sell on these sites ever again.

Area Information Links:

Gold Dust in Arizona's Washes:

Lost Dutchman State Park

Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains More Info

Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area

Tonto National Forest

Lost Dutchman Mine's_Gold_Mine

More Lost Dutchman Mine Info

Hewitt Canyon Views YouTube Video

Use of Drywasher

How to build a Recirculating Sluice Box

Gold Magic Spin Wheel, creek or no creek, gold and gems

One of many places to sell your gold discoveries

Arizona Gem Show to sell your gem discoveries

Area Attractions:

Goldfield Ghost Town

Tortilla Flat Western Town Saloon

Canyon Lake for boating

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PDF Documents / Brochures
Open Document   Claim topography location map pdf file
Open Document   GPS corners map pdf file
Open Document   Satellite view camping spot with trees pdf file

Property Location
City/Town: Queen Valley
County: Pinal County
Zip/Postal Code: 85118
State / Province:   Arizona
Country: United States
Property Location Map, GPS Coordinates & Directions

Owner / Agent / Sellers Information

Name: Michael Leu
Address: 7705 St. James Dr.
Mentor, Ohio
44060, United States

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Claim topography location map

GPS corners map
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Satellite view camping spots with trees
Satellite view camping spots with trees

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Claim road

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Claim road

Entry to Hewitt Canyon Road, FR 172
Entry to Hewitt Canyon Road, FR 172

Wash on the claim
Wash on the claim

County location map
County location map

We go where the gold is!
We go where the gold is!

Crystals on our claim
Crystals on our claim

Chrysocolla pocket on claim, used for jewelry
Chrysocolla pocket on claim, used for jewelry

Arrowhead and relics on claim, cannot keep any over 50 years old, but still fun to findw
Arrowhead and relics on claim, cannot keep any over 50 years old, but still fun to findw

Water recycling wash plant
Water recycling wash plant

Dry washer
Dry washer

Gold magic spin wheel
Gold magic spin wheel

Free panning kit
Free panning kit

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