Come dig on this claim with us in Septmber each year. We visit the Denver Rock & Gem Show, then head out to our claim. 20 acres on the amazing Mt. White in Beuna Vista, Colorado. Mt. White is part of the same summit at Mt. Antero, which you may have heard of from the TV show Prospectors. This is a VERY tall mountain, so this dig requires a hike of about 3 miles (one way) and once you get there, we will be at the base of the claim; it's only up from there. This claim is for anyone 18 years of age and up. Hiking in the mountains isn't for the faint of heart, so please make sure you have some experience or someone with you that does.
As is with most of our trips, we will close the sales of our "pay to digs" far ahead of actually going on the trip. Generally we are digging during a show, so it is advised you purchase your claim access and hotel room(s) as far in advance as possible to ensure good location and affordable prices.
The Denver Rock & Gem Show is no small show.
REFUND POLICY: If you cancel on or
before Dec 13th, 2018, you will receive a 50% refund on your payment.
If you cancel after Dec. 14th, 2018 you will NOT receive a refund.
There are no trades, exchanges, cash values, up charges, etc. We base
this entire trip on the number of people attending, so please make
sure you understand that when you commit to the trip, you follow
Anyone who is going to dig on our
claims must sign a waiver of liability before accessing the claim. NO
ONE shall be on the claim without prior written approval or without
being on the claim with our guide. We hire nearby residents to keep
an eye on our claim or claim jumpers or trespassers. We take this
offense very seriously and will prosecute, if necessary.
Claim contains such things as, but not limited to:
- One of the
most common minerals on Mt. Antero, it can be found as pearly-white
crystals up to 0.5 inch, according to Jacobson. Also occurs as the
albite variety called cleavelandite. Associated with microcline, smoky
quartz, muscovite, bertrandite, fluorite and phenakite.
ranges from blue to clear. Can sometimes be found as float within the
talus boulders. The best crystals are found in the miarolitic cavities
where they were formed.
blue and blue-green in granite matrix, although other colors can be
found, such as green and colorless. In massive or crystalline form.
Associated with many minerals, including fluorite, smoky quartz, topaz,
- Jacobson says that Bill Chirnside found a 1/16 inch crystal.
reports it to be a very rare mineral in the Mt. Antero area. It has
been found as white, glassy single crystals associated with quartz,
cleavelandite and muscovite. Also found by Bill Chirnside as flattened
wafers up to 2 inches.
- Sharp reported it to be associated with zircon, monazite, pyrite, garnet and quartz. (Jacobson)
Fluorapatite - Very uncommon mineral in the Mt. Antero/Mt. White area.
Fluorite - Purple octahedrons have been found by many collectors over the years. Usually associated with albite, muscovite, and quartz.
- According to Jacobson, it was reported by Sharp to be associated with zircon, columbite, pyrite and garnet.
- Very common. Associated with fluorite, quartz, etc.
can be white, clear or shades of yellow (amber being one of them) and
are sometimes attached to quartz, thus many people confuse them with
quartz. Jacobson shows sketches of several of the different habits found
in the area. Many mineral associations exist.
- Sharp reported it with zircon, monazite, garnet and columbite in pegmatites. (Jacobson)
- Found by Marge Regel in 1984, it occurred as a coating on microcline, albite and smoky quartz.
- Sharp reported it with garnet, columbite, monazite and pyrite in some pegmatites.
Other Notable MineralsMore info to come.
Quartz, Smoky Quartz