Placer Mining Today
Today, placer mining techniques have not changed much. The main difference is that settling ponds are used to capture the excess silt before muddying up the streams and rivers. These ponds also ensure that the mining operation has enough water to run its operations.
Today there are only 46 active mines in Colorado, 2 of which are on the San Miguel River.
How to Pan For Gold
The San Miguel River, along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway has been a successful place to find gold.
Try your hand at panning: Download Instructions in PDF.