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$350/mo Colorado MiningClaim 40 ac w/River

Sold: 40 Acres Priced At $3,500 (USD)
Jackson County, Rand, Colorado, United States
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This is a legally registered, 40 acre gold Mining Claim for sale, the Illinois River Gold #1.
Our claim is located just north of the Grand County line, in Jackson County, which is one of Colorado's least populated counties, making for great natural beauty and wildlife viewing and a feeling of being away from it all.

Unique to this national forest on our claim is a large meadow area with the river running thru it, and ponds.

Total price of $3500, that can be paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment, or the monthly payment options below:
$3500, paying $500 per month for 7 months, or
$4200, paying $350 per month for 12 months.
Owner financing, No downpayment. No credit check.
You can use the claim as yours while making monthly payments.
Ownership transfer after final monthly payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

I am a retired teacher, and got into prospecting as a hobby with my family.
I am 68 and my wife 65, and we have gained the experience to select the best areas to locate claims.

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.

A mining claim is an affordable way to enjoy the beauty of the land combined with the adventure of panning for gold.

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, One booklet titled "How to Find Gold", and Two plastic bottles.

Mining Claims as an investment: if you purchase a claim from us, at no charge, I would help you if you ever decided to sell in the future.
Mining Claims are a great investment, as claims go up in value over time, just as land does.

The Illinois River is a tributary of the further north Michigan River. The Michigan River is all claimed up, and with gold always traveling downstream, the Illinois River has excellent gold panning potential, as we discovered in our own prospecting, and along with the beauty of the area, makes for an awesome area to camp and prospect,

Owning a mining claim is having access to a lifetime of great family fun and recreation, in a very beautiful, natural setting.
This county is known as the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado, and we had a moose sighting while we were there.

This is a 40 acre unpatented, gold mining placer claim, the Illinois River Gold #1, with the beautiful Illinois River running thru the claim, in the Rocky Mountains, and the Routt National Forest. The claim is legally registered with the Bureau of Land Management out of Lakewood, CO and Jackson County. You own the mineral rights, not sharing with others, on the 40 acres, and use your 40 acres recreationally for camping and prospecting in an awesome, beautiful area.
Great secluded valley, with flatter claim areas for camping. Easy walk to the Illinois River, not too far from the Rocky Mountain National Park, and less than an hour from the Wyoming border.

With an approved BLM Plan of Operation, a building can be built on the land: any building that benefits and improves the claim, though you cannot live on a mining 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.

On trips to the claim, we gathered in and around the river, approx. 1/4 of an ounce of gold, being worth about $300. As the BLM does not specify the amount of gold to be found to locate a claim other than gold needs to be discovered, we use this amount for a 40 acre claim as a projection of good gold potential. Someone with more time may find more. Gold prices are over $1200/ounce. Though we could never guarantee what you will find, we did locate this claim in an historically rich area for gold prospecting.
Gold in just this past year has gone up over $100 per ounce.
When you find your first 3 1/2 ounces, you will have paid for your claim.

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 = 1,742,400 sq., feet, parcel size of 1320 ft. x 1320 ft.

Welcome to North Park - Jackson County, Colorado!
Raw, remote, tucked deep in Colorado’s rugged Rockies, the high valley of North Park and its County of Jackson literally scream frontier and a past fast-held in present days. Holding true to rough and rugged times when native hunters, trappers, prospectors, and early ranchers survived off its lands and forged its history, North Park is the real West, where travelers can embrace “what once was”, while happily escaping “what now is”.
With over a million acres covering more than 1600 square miles; 65% public land; lakes, rivers and reservoirs that attract and support unique and abundant wildlife; and access to five of Colorado’s most rugged and pristine wilderness areas – North Park lies at the center of a minimally used and amazingly untapped recreation universe.
Light on links to the world-wide web, with mall shopping, bright lights and traffic jams at least 65 paved-miles away, it is removed from “civilization”, but easily accessed by civilized folk in search of solitude. Raw, Rough, Real – make your getaway to North Park this year. Unplug to plug in – disconnect from your life and reconnect with your soul.
As heavy mist rises from the lush, valley floor of Colorado’s North Park, a flaming Western sun gently layers the “360” horizon with pinks, reds, purples, and shimmering golds. As a large bull moose appears, disappears, and reappears along one of many river paths, a playful otter splashes ducks intent on finding breakfast in a nearby beaver pond.
And, as passing moments become priceless memories, the raw nature of North Park and Jackson County awakens the frontiersman in us all and leaves us wanting more.
North Park is truly a land of wonders, where your mind can rest, while your spirit soars.

This claim has direct legal road access on a good Forest Service Road, with areas for camping, and gold discovered in surface prospecting.

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 me, as I am the original claim locator.

Your ownership is legally conveyed via a Quit Claim deed, and legally recorded with the BLM and Jackson 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 $310. By doing this, you keep the claim forever. There are no taxes on mining claims in Jackson County. Need 2 or more names on your deed. You must be a current US citizen with a US address to own a mining claim in the US.
I have paid the fee for this year, and is not due again until September 1st, 2019.

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 Jackson County.

The Illinois River Gold #1, is a gold placer mining claim, ideally situated on the Illinois River, surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountain ranges.

Your 40 acres is the SW 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 16, Township 5 North, Range 77 West, 6th Prime Meridian, known as the Illinois River Gold #1 mining claim, in the Rocky Mountains, 3 hours northwest of Denver, CO.
Claim number: CMC290672

About 3 hours from Denver.
Take I70 West out of Denver, then 40 West, to Highway 125 north in Grand County thru Winter Park ad Granby, into Jackson County to town of Rand.
Take road 211 North to 21 East, and continues onto 21A, which is the claim road, which will continue south using GPS coordinates below to the claim.
From the beginning of 21A to claim is about 2 miles.

About an hour to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The claim location monument has a 4 foot wooden post near the river, with copy of Location Notice attached, as required by the State of Colorado.

The river on the claim is a unique advantage for gold prospecting.
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 on, and upstream from the claim.
Additional Features:

Free, flatter cleared camping areas on the claim and claim road,
Year round Illinois River on the claim for panning.
Fishing in the Illinois River
Beautiful Rock specimens for you Rock Hounds
Located in one of the most beautiful mountain areas in the US.

The Federal Government owns the land.
You are purchasing the mineral rights.
Prospect, explore, on the whole 40 acres.
You can camp on a claim while prospecting.

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, and if you want to pay in full, or if you want to choose one of the monthly payment options listed below:

Total price of $3500, that can be paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment, or the monthly payment option below:
$3500, paying $500 per month for 7 months, or
$4200, paying $350 per month for 12 months.
Owner financing, No downpayment. No credit check.
You can use the claim as yours while making monthly payments.
Ownership transfer after final monthly payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

After receiving final payment, your ownership of the 40 acre claim will be legally recorded with the local Bureau of Land Management and Jackson County. The quit claim deed is the correct document to be recorded for a mining claim, as stated by the BLM. This is not a sharing with others of your 40 acre claim.


"We visited and panned on our claim creek in Colorado this past June and had a wonderful time. We’re very pleased with the location and the claim itself."

"We have been to our mining claim in California that we purchased from you last year. The area is stunningly beautiful, and we couldn't be happier with our purchase."

"Living in Arizona, the mining claim we purchased from you has added greatly to our family outings. We are finding gold in the wash on our claim most every visit.
Thank you so much!"

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 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, LandsofAmerica, and LandandFarm.
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.

GPS Coordinates:
Illinois River Gold #1

NE 40.40616, -106.03163
NW 40.40616, -106.03649
SE 40.40267, -106.03163
SW 40.40267, -106.03649

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How to successfully pan for gold

Use of creek powered sluice box

Jackson County Information

Claim Area Information

Routt National Forest

Claim Area Attractions

Gould/Walden Area Info

Town of Rand Store

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Land Uses & Features
Recreational Property • Waterfront • Investment Property • Hunting Land • Mountain Real Estate • For Sale By Owner (FSBO) • Creek • Wooded • Views

PDF Documents / Brochures
Open Document   Claim GPS corners map pdf file
Open Document   BLM registered map pdf file
Open Document   Cleared camping spots, satellite view pdf file
Open Document   Meadow and ponds on claim satellite view pdf file

Property Location
City/Town: Rand
County: Jackson
Zip/Postal Code: 80446
State / Province:   Colorado
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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LSL Listing ID: 47113

Illinois River, claim river
Illinois River, claim river

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Claim river

Claim river
Claim river

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Claim river

Claim GPS corners map
Claim GPS corners map

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Claim area views

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Area views

Cleared camping areas
Cleared camping areas

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

Creek powered sluice box
Creek powered sluice box

Jackson County location map
Jackson County location map

Moose capital of Colorado
Moose capital of Colorado

Claim area Fall colors
Claim area Fall colors

Claim area Fall colors
Claim area Fall colors

Claim road
Claim road

Claim location post with location notice, and Camping spot with fire pit
Claim location post with location notice, and Camping spot with fire pit

BLM registered map
BLM registered map

Free Gold Panning Kit
Free Gold Panning Kit

Meadow with river thru it and ponds on the claim
Meadow with river thru it and ponds on the claim

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