Gold Prospecting Vacations

Consider going on a gold prospecting vacation the next time you have a chance. What a great time to be had for you and/or your family.  Imagine finding some gold with your kids!  Give the beach a rest and actually up your odds on finding gold at some great locations where others have already been rewarded.

Gold Prospecting HQ has gathered some information on gold prospecting vacations from various states.  Just hover each state on the map to see if there is a vacation calling your name.  We of course know that we may not have all the gold prospecting vacations that exist out there so we urge you to drop us an email of other great spots to add to our directory.


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Authentic gold panning…start with river gravel that you work through your own sluice box …then we do a cleanout and pan your concentrates. your gold will be put in a vial

Starting at US $25 Per Person

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Dominican Republic’s premier Gold Panning adventures. 1/2 day to multiple day trips gold prospecting and panning in Jarabacoa, Manabao, Miches and Blanco.

Starting at US $45 Per Person

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Alabama Gold Camp

From their site:

“Prospecting for gold is something that just about everyone has wanted to try at least once.  As a hobby, prospecting offers a special excitement.  There is a constant hope that the next pan will hold that bonanza you’ve been dreaming about.  No thrill can compare with the excitement of seeing even just a few flakes of gold glittering in the black sand at the bottom of your pan.  Located in the heart of Alabama’s gold belt, with miles of creek to pan, sluice, dredge, high-bank, and metal detect.”


Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost

From their site:

“The Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost is just south of the Taylor Highway on Airport Road in the center of Chicken, Alaska. It’s built on the site of a camp established in the 1930s by the industrious Fairbanks Exploration Company for mining Chicken Creek with the Pedro Dredge, now a National Historic Site.

At the “Gold Camp,” you’ll explore the history of this early mining community, tour the gold dredge, view an actual working gold mine, experience the thrill of panning your own gold or mining on our claims, and enjoy a cappuccino in the Outpost while you browse the many unique gifts.

Enjoy dinner and entertainment on the deck, stay the night in the campground or rent a cabin and the next day enjoy a kayak trip on the river or some fishing after breakfast in the café.”


Arizona Gold Adventures

From their website:

“Arizona Gold Adventures (AGA), offers gold prospecting Day Trips and Vacations in the Weaver Mountains – less than two-hours from Phoenix, Arizona!  Private instruction on our gold prospecting equipment, or yours!  Panning, Drywashing, Sluicing, “Gold Nugget Shooting” (with PI & VLF metal detectors) – and more!  Private vacations, lessons & Day Trips!”


Roaring Camp Mining Co.

From their website:

“Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.”


Gabby’s Historic Gold Rush Tours

From their website:

“Enjoy a fun, authentic, escorted tour in Amador County, believed by many to be the Heart of the Gold Rush Mother Lode. Your personal guide is a retired teacher with many years of local and regional history to share with you.”


Gold Prospecting Adventures

From their website:

“Gold Prospecting Adventures, LLC has built a solid reputation throughout California’s Gold Country as the best of the best. We are the leading professionals in gold prospecting and gold rush history. That’s because we’ve spent the last 25 years perfecting our techniques, improving our knowledge, and tailoring our programs to meet the needs of the thousands of guests who visit our camp each year. Our guides, dressed in period costume, receive special training to insure that every individual enjoys a remarkably genuine and comprehensive gold rush experience. No other gold prospecting company can stake that claim!”


Cripple Creek

From their website:

“Descend underground as you partake in the only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the USA.  Experience the “Old West” as it was for hard rock gold miners of “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp”, Cripple Creek, Colorado, as you explore America’s favorite gold mine tour!

Really get into Colorado on this one hour guided tour.
Vertically descend this historic gold mine shaft 100 stories into the earth.
Witness the evolution of underground mining methods from 1891 to present day.
Experience the sights and sounds of air powered mining equipment.
View gold veins in their natural state.
Ride an air powered man trip train.
Receive, with your tour, a free gold ore specimen from the Mollie Kathleen

North Carolina

The Lucky Strike Gold & Gem Mine

From their website:

“The Lucky Strike is a gold and gem mine with a campground that is committed to making sure our visitors have a memorable outing. You can take a step back in time to the days of yesteryear by taking a pan or sluice box into the stream. Experience the thrill of that golden gleam in your pan that only finding your first flake of gold can give. It immediately inflicts you with what the old timers called gold fever.”


Thermal City Gold Mine

From their website:

“Thermal City Gold Mine offers a unique experience hosted by people who are real prospectors! We are dedicated to keeping the tradition and history of Gold Mining in North Carolina alive. Anyone who wants to pan or prospect for gold is welcome. We enjoy teaching and talking about mining!”

South Dakota

Big Thunder Gold Mine

From their website:

“Big Thunder Gold Mine (Gold Hill Lode), originally named the Gold Hill Lode, was discovered in 1882. The mining work was done by two German immigrants, Krupp and Engle. They did not know each other when they came to the Keystone area, but because they could both speak the same language, they became partners. They originally started higher up on the hill where there was an outcrop of indicator minerals. Not striking a rich vein, the miners moved down the hill to the current mine location. They were trying to intercept the Lucky Boy vein.”