Treasure Hunting in Colorado

Treasure hunting in Colorado. Has the thought ever crossed your mind? If so, you’re not alone.

The stories about Colorado and its possibilities for finding stolen outlaw loot, buried silver and gold coins and bullion have been documented for years. But be careful, some of these stories are myths. They’ve been passed down by story tellers and writers through generations.

Treasures have been located in Colorado. And many more exist there. But before the smart treasure hunters ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have first done their research. It’s non-sense to read a story about a treasure and use only that information to set out searching for it. Many of the stories you read about are full of inconsistencies. It’s the reason why it’s important to research every story before you head out to search an area.

Ideas for Research

The best way to get a lead on lost treasures in Colorado is by visiting local historical societies. Many times, they will have old newspapers archived on microfiche film. You can scan through the film and look for any stories that may pertain to a treasure. I know a few treasure hunters that have found treasures by scanning the old newspapers.

An example would be to search in the old newspaper archives and to look for stories about a hermit or a miser dying. Often, that person would hide their money. The old newspapers printed articles like the above situations.

In addition, ask the historian who works at the historical society if they know of any stories about local treasures. Asking questions is the best way to get started in your search.

Read old magazines and books about Colorado. They told stories about treasures hidden in the State. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores or at flea markets, estate sales and auctions.

Do you know older persons in a small town or village? They know everything that has gone on for years. They love to talk about the past. You may be surprised at what you learn.

It’s also a good idea to have a reliable metal detector when searching.

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Treasure Hunting in Colorado Can Be an Adventure

Here are more possible treasures in Colorado

Robber’s Roost holds a treasure of $60,000 in gold that was buried by a gang of outlaws. The area of Robber’s Roost is located on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir a few miles south of Ft. Collins.

The ghost town of Red Mountain, near Red Mountain pass, U.S. 550, and approximately 13 miles south of Ouray, has as a supposed buried treasure of $50,000 in gold bullion. Stories tell that the prospector who buried the cache told others, while on his deathbed, that he buried the gold beneath one of the towns 3 saloons.

On the west side of the Piedra River near its junction with the Stolstemier River, are supposedly 10 sacks of gold bullion and coins. They were buried in 1855 by Ute Indians. They stole the gold from returning California gold miners.

Here are a few more buried treasures in Colorado.

If you’re going to be treasure hunting in Colorado on public land, then be aware of the Federal law regarding removing items from State or Federal properties. 

Yes, we do have ghost towns here in the east, and treasure hunting in Colorado ghost towns can be a lot fun. 

Buried Treasure Books

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