Dave Armstrong is a recreational gold panner and author of the blog hikingdave.Com. He says he never leaves the house without his shovel and pan. Armstrong says you never know when you might find a good gold prospecting spot in the backcountry.
"If you`re willing to spend an entire day, at a stream to get a couple flakes of gold. You can go anywhere, but if you want to go out and find a couple flakes in five or ten minutes, you want to look for somewhere that people have had luck before."
"If you think back to old science lessons, water coming down, erosion will take the dirt, take the minerals off the side of the mountains, carry them downhill, down the side of the streams, so the gold mines, any gold that is left over will run downhill, run into the streams and end up at our feet."
"The second option is a recreational dredging permit which is a machine that vacuums dirt off the bottom of the stream and then runs it through equipment. That has a permit that we have available on our website."
"there`s not much to it... If you have moving water dirt and a gold pan that`s really all there is you put the dirt in here. You swirl the dirt along so the edge catch the heavier stuff. Gold is lighter than the stuff you don't want in the pan."
"if i tell them that we`re just gonna go out and slog three-miles up a mountain, they don`t care, they want to go off and have a short hike to something to do."
Hiking Dave blog click here
Utah Gold Prospector Club click here
Utah Department of Natural Resources click here.