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The Western Colorado Chapter of the GPAA has a chapter contract with Gold Prospectors of America and goes by the rules and regulations set forth by them. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at 115 W. Main Street, Olathe, CO. At our meetings, we do club business, have discussions, presentations, and demonstrations. Come early and catch Gold Fever with us.
The claims used by the club belong to members of the club and are not GPAA claims and are NOT listed in the GPAA Claims Guide. Only "Members in Good Standing" are allowed to work the private claims. To become a "Member in Good Standing" you have to attend 3 consecutive monthly meetings and help at either the Wapiyapi fundraiser or one of the gold shows held during the year. You can then purchase a badge for $1.50 which covers your family and must be with you at all times when you are on the claims.
The term "recreational prospector" does not apply to prospecting and says to authorities you are not a serious prospector and are not covered by the mining laws. The terms you need to use to identify your activity include: small mining operator, minerals prospector, professional prospector, or any term indicating your activities are for profit not pleasure.
Gold Shows - We have a booth at the Grand Junction Gem Show in May, the Delta Rock and Gem show in June, and Delta Heritage Days in June to promote our club.
Camp Wapiyapi located at Estes Park Colorado is a camp for kids with cancer. Each spring, we do a fundraiser to help send kids and their siblings to camp for a week. We also collect money all year long. Last year, we raised enough to send 5 kids to camp.
Are you an active member,
the kind that would be missed,
or are you just contented
that your name is on the list?
Do you attend
the meetings and mingle
with the flock,
or do you meet in private
and criticize and knock?
Do you take an active part
to help the work along,
or are you satisfied to be the
kind who just belongs?
Do you work on committees,
to this there is no trick,
or leave the work to
just a few and talk
about the clique?
So come to the local meetings often,
and help with hand and heart.
Don't be just a member,
but take an active part.
Think this over folks,
you know what is
right or wrong.
Are you just a member
or do you really belong?
Western Colorado Chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America
115 West Main
63579 Spring Creek Rd #12
Montrose, CO 81403
Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, use our contact form
MINER'S CODE OF ETHICS
I will have on site all necessary permits and licenses.
I will not prospect in areas closed to prospecting and mining.
I will respect other prospectors' claims and not work claims without owners' permission.
I will fill in my prospecting holes.
I will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, fisheries, and
private property and respect all laws or ordinances governing prospecting and mining.
I will be thoughtful, considerate, and courteous to those around me at all times.
I will only build fires in designated or safe places and in accordane with current federal,
state, and local guideline.
I will be careful with fuels and motor oils and be cognizant of their potential destructive
effect on the environment.
I will not refuel motorized equipment in the stream and will not allow oil form motorized
equipment to drip onto or into the water.
I will remove and properly dispose of trash and debris that I find.
I will not remove stream bank material, destroy natural vegetation or woody debris dams, nor discharge excess silt into the waterways.