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Old 04-23-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
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Arizona Advice Please

My wife and I are talking about wintering this coming winter in the Arizona area. We are interested in staying away from the big cities. Our interest are flea markets and gold prospecting. Can anyone make a recommendation as to a area in Arizona that we may like. thanks
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Hello again. You may want to google "gold prospecting AZ" . There's some info there for sure. I have friends from MI that prospect and have a claim in Oregon. They spend the summer there. Last year they came away with 11oz. Not bad for a summers work. They belong to a prospectors club but I can't remember the name and these clubs have huge discounts on camping sites. Good luck hope you find the info you need.
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I've been a full time RVer here in AZ for four years now. The summers are hot but I finally figured it out. You can attain gold mining equipment at the Arizona Hiking Shack. Locally owned business. The know their stuff and if they cannot help you will refer you in the right direction. Winters out here I great. If you are fully self contained you can camp on National Forest, BLM, state trust, several options that are free. I work in Phoenix so I have to stay close by. My camp of choice, in the winter, is the Lower Salt River canyon in Tonto NF. 6 bucks per day, 3bucks for 55+ (last I knew, I am not currently staying there).
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I like the idea of prospecting for golf. Sounds like fun!
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Gold. Not golf
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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Prescott

I hear the Prescott area is nice in January and Febuary. I want to stay away from the big cities. As far as the gold mining is concerned, I hear congress, stanton, williamson are good areas to go.
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Hello again. You may want to google "gold prospecting AZ" . There's some info there for sure. I have friends from MI that prospect and have a claim in Oregon. They spend the summer there. Last year they came away with 11oz. Not bad for a summers work. They belong to a prospectors club but I can't remember the name and these clubs have huge discounts on camping sites. Good luck hope you find the info you need.
Wow, at today's closing price of $1,637.37 that would buy a lot of gas!
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Jan/ Feb in Prescott can see some snow. I concur that mining may be good in the areas you mentioned. I also know that some folks pan for gold just south of Prescott but I am sure that is mostly for fun....that area must be 'played out' by now.
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you really need to check out Quartzsite Arizona for the winter. Good weather, sunny almost every day. The month of January is the time for flea market and rock and gem vendors in the town..There are about 1600 vendors for the month or longer. The vendors start coming in about Christmas, you can find everything and then some.
Gold prospecting is the major pastime. The Quartzsite metal detecting club has 10 claims which you can use when you are a member. Membership is about 20.00 a year. Gold is found all the time. Most small, sometimes a 1/2 oz nugget. You can metal detect or dry wash.
Lots of rv parks in Q or south west of town and east of town is BLM land for boondocking-thousands use that are.
We are close to Parker-40 miles-for shopping, or Blythe Calif for shopping. Yuma is 1 1/2 hour to the south-mega shopping there and csinos and you can walk into Mexico for a day of fun..
For golf, there is a nice course in Blythe Ca. Dona
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Wow, at today's closing price of $1,637.37 that would buy a lot of gas!
I have to agree with you. They have been doing it for years and have done quite well. Of course the equipment they have didn't come cheap but hey they enjoy what they do. I've seen quite a few of the nuggets they've aquired. Pretty impressive. Now when you add in the additional items they find rings, coins, other jewelry with their metal detectors it's amazing what they collect. They have shown me ring collections that are unbelievable. It's surely a good hobby.
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For winter we would strongly recommend Congress/Wickenburg area or Quartzsite.
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I personally find it a bit too cold in Congress for me..I have been there is a freezing rain and a bit of snow..anyplace in the desert you will need a bit of heat at night and in the morning. Quartzsite /Brenda and Yuma have much better weather, Yuma best of the three..Dona
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Timberframe, Qurtzite is know for its gold. With that being said there is any of a number of areas in Az that offer good prospecting and good weather. Couple nice
parks near Parker on the Colorado, couple more real nice ones further north towards
Lk Havasu. Wife & I will be in Q in late October. Hope to see you there.
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The quartzsite sounds really interesting. We wanted to work a little while we were down there. We sell cutlery part time here in Michigan. It sounds like Quartzsite would have nice weather and also it would give us a chance to sell some cutlery at the market. We were planning a 3 month trip. Any suggestions as to the best time of year to arrive in Quartzsite? Maybe middle of December?
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