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East Bradshaw

This New FootPrint covers the entire east flank of the Bradshaw Mountains. Prospect for gold year-round from Bumblebee, Cleator or Black Canyon at the lower elevations all the way up Turkey Creek into the cool mountains.

This extremely mineralized area has produced gold, silver, copper and many other valuable minerals since mining began here in the late 1800's.

Excellent placers can be found in Black Canyon, Turkey Creek, Poland Creek, Wolf Creek and many lesser washes along the way.

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East Bradshaw Mining History



Tertiary Gravels, Shaded Relief & Transparent Topo Layers



American River-Middle Fork

The Middle Fork of the American River FootPrint maps in detail the historic mining districts of Michigan Bluff, Last Chance, Volcanoville, Westville, Canada Hill, Forest Hill, Georgetown and Ralston.

Work the rivers, the divides and the benches along the Middle Fork of the American.

  • See where gold has been found in the past
  • Find where it still lies today.
  • Discover where you can prospect and where you can make a claim.

The 201 oz Fricot nugget was found near the Spanish Dry Diggings overlooking the Middle Fork of the American. FootPrints shows you where!

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Middle Fork of the American River - Mining History

Aerial Imagery, Tertiary Channels, Ownership, and Mineral Withdrawals Layers


American River-North Fork

The North Fork of the American River FootPrint is your map to the Golden Tertiary Gravels in the historic mining districts of Iowa Hill, Gold Run, Forest Hill, Damascus and all the gold in between.

Active Mining Claims, Ownership, Withdrawals, Historic Mines, Patents, Tertiary Gravels and Channels are just a few of the map layers provided especially for prospectors.

With quick access to the Auburn State Rec. Area and 282 sq. miles of historic gold lands, just 40 miles from Sacramento on I-80, FootPrints gets you started on your path to the gold today!

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North Fork of the American River - Mining History


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The Quartzsite FootPrint covers over 215 sq. miles and six entire townships. Good gold, beautiful weather, easy access and over 100k acres of public land make the Quartzsite area the wintertime prospecting mecca of the Southwest.

Prospect the famous Plomosa, Oro Fino, Middle Camp, and La Cholla placers OR use FootPrints to research new areas to find those elusive unworked placer gravels.

On Interstate 10, within hours of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix, the desert hills of Quartzsite are a must for those seekers on the Gold trail.

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Quartzsite Mining History

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North Bradshaw

In the cool pines of central Arizona, this FootPrint covers over 200 square miles of the most productive gold fields in Arizona. Including the mining districts of Lynx Creek, Big Bug, Walker, Groom Creek, Poland Junction and the Upper Hassayampa, these mountains have produced millions in placer and lode gold.

Close to Prescott, much of this FootPrint, including the Lynx Creek Withdrawal Area is easily accessible by passenger car. With plenty of camping available in the Prescott National Forest and moderate summers, this is an ideal area for a summertime prospecting trip.

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North Bradshaw Mining History

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Gold Basin

The Gold Basin and Lost Basin Mining Districts are in the northwest corner of Arizona. The area is relatively isolated and placer mining in this area was minimal until the 1930's. Gold is found in the large alluvial fans extending from the mountains into the basins.

Less than a two hour drive from Las Vegas, NV or Kingman, AZ this FootPrint covers over 180 square miles of known gold territory.

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Gold Basin Mining History


Rich Hill / Stanton

The placers and mines of Rich Hill have produced significant gold since it was first discovered here in the 1860s. Known for its large nuggets and the beauty of its high content gold, it is home to the historic town of Stanton and the famous Octave Mine.

Rich Hill is located about 90 miles NW of Phoenix.



The greaterville placers were discovered in 1874 and have been worked at some level ever since. Attempts at large scale mining have been unsuccessful due to the lack of water. This is one of the great untapped placer areas of Arizona.

Located about 45 miles SE of Tucson, right off of I-10 and part of the Coronado National Forest, the best placers in Southern Arizona are easy to get to, have great camp spots and are workable almost year round.

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Greaterville Mining History


Little San Domingo

The San Domingo District has the largest recorded placer gold production in Maricopa County. It has produced continuously since its discovery in the 1870s.

Five major gold bearing washes drain the mountains in the north to the Hassayampa River. Access to the southern part of this area is very easy and many prospecting clubs have claims here.


Black Canyon City

The Black Canyon City FootPrint covers portions of the Agua Fria and New River Mining Districts. Black Canyon drains the many gold bearing areas of the southeastern Bradshaw Mountains into the Agua Fria at Black Canyon City. Placers have been worked here since at least the 1850's. The surrounding mountains are highly mineralized and extremely rugged. Being difficult territory to work, much of the area remains virtually unworked. Many modern day nugget hunters have been pleasantly rewarded for a little hard work.


Vulture West

The Vulture Mountain Range is the place where the famous Vulture Mine was discovered by Henry Wickenburg in 1863.

The Vulture Mine is said to be the most productive gold mine in Arizona. It is also one of the earliest gold mines in Arizona drawing the California Forty-Niners east to the new Territory. Active on and off until the war effort of 1942 shut down gold mines all over the United States it produced gold worth over $2,000,000.