For metal detecting in State Parks, below is the law you need to follow.
Metal detecting in town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.
If you plan on metal detecting in Colorado, understand what the laws are, especially on State or Federal lands. Do not dig relics without knowing what the consequences will be if you are caught.
Reg.#100(b)(2) "It shall be prohibited to remove, destroy, mutilate, modify or deface any structure, water control device, poster, notice, sign or marker, tree, shrub, or other plant or vegetation, including dead timber and forest litter,
or any object of archaeological, geological, historical, zoological or natural / environmental value or interest on Parks and Outdoor Recreation Lands.
(This regulation does not include removal of firewood from designated firewood areas, noxious weeds as defined by statute,
or recreational gold mining within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, except where prohibited as indicated by posted signs."
Detecting in Colorado State parks is allowed only at the discretion of the park manager. You need to check with each park manager before detecting.
Metal detecting is not specifically addressed by Colorado State Park Regulations
Park managers can restrict use in certain areas.
Remember, you can metal detect in Colorado, however, you just can’t dig any artifact that is one hundred years old.
Detecting on State beaches is allowed if you get a permit. Be careful. You need to ask if your permit is just for the beach area. Some States do not allow detecting outside of the beaches even with a permit.
Keep Detecting - Don't Give In
All across America individuals who love the hobby are giving up because of the many unnecessary laws that are being forced upon us. If you are thinking of quitting, I would hope that you change your mind. Because by giving up, the Archaeologists, and the beauracrats, who are trying to kill the hobby, will gain the upper hand, and they will win. If you are mad, upset, or want to be a part of the solution to ending the nonsensical laws that are destroying our rights, then please visit WWATS.
Are You Interested In A Metal Detector Or Accessories?
If you do not own a metal detector and you are thinking of purchasing one, do not over spend. Too often, newcomers to the hobby buy expensive detectors only to discover nothing but confusion about how to use their new model.
If you spend between $350-$450 on a new model, that is good enough. Just read the owners manual, and practice with your detector, and you will do fine. Move up to the high end models after you have become proficient in the hobby.
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