Bear Creek


20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim on Federal Land / Grant County,  New Mexico     


The Aplite Gold Mine has approximately 753 feet of creek to work at your leisure.       

This creek runs year round - this is the lowest it is - spring melt/runoff happen around now can swell it by as much as 8 feet - the runoff from melting snow is what flushes the gold from the nearby lodes into the creek, and  the debris was seen washed as much as 25 feet away from the main course of the creek. The runoff opens up new tributaries (temporary) and washes that are excellent spots to work in addition to the banks and creaked itself.       

Normally the creek will range from 3 to 30 feet across and it has a depth of anywhere from 8 inches to probably 3 feet in some spots.       

Our team saw a lot of bedrock on the surface and no more than a foot or two under gravel in a lot of spots.  Lots of gravel to work with and good benches at each twist and turn of the creek.          

Whether you consider yourself a novice or experienced rockhound, you will find that Pinos Altos is a perfect base for short or extended collecting in this area. Some of the collectible gemstones and rocks that can be found along Bear Creek                             

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Bear Creek Panning Claim

Remember to sample the vegetation for gold especially if you are planning on sniping as it is the easiest type of sniping ;)

Placer Mining Claim


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Buyer will also receive the following with their completed transaction:

  • Quitclaim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and the BLM offices.
  • Welcome packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
  • Educational documents to annually renew your mining claim with the BLM.
  • A CD of all of the documented images of the claim including maps of the site.
  • Map of claim marked and GPS coordinates.
  • Multiple maps showing claim location and surrounding areas for access.

Drone Pic

above view 20 acres

3D map


3D map


Come to Hike, Camp, Ride and Shoot - or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)





Bear Creek is located in the Pinos Altos district which is about 8 miles north-east of Silver City in the Pines  Altos Mountains. Both placer and lode gold were discovered in 1860, and within 2 years about 30 lode mines were being worked. The Civil War and the postwar depredations of Apache Indians brought about almost complete abandonment of the camp for several years. In 1867, operations were resumed and they continued with brief interruptions until the late 1950's. 

Gold was the principal product in the early years. Silver, copper, and lead later gained significance, and after 1912, zinc was of major importance.


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The most productive placer deposits in this mining district were found along Bear Creek Gulch, Rich Gulch, Whiskey Gulch, and unnamed gulches near the old Gillette shaft. The principal lode mines are on the east side of the Pines Altos Mountains; a few are on the upper western slope.        


The Bear Creek drainage basin, with its headwaters in the Piños Altos Mining District, covers approximately 300 square miles of complex Tertiary volcanic and Tertiary and Paleozoic sedimentary rock terrain. This drainage is one of the larger secondary drainage systems in the area as it has been actively down cutting through thick sequences of rock formations of diverse origin and age for several million years. The result of this extensive and ongoing erosion is the diverse hodgepodge of rock types that make up the rocks covering the floodplain of the Bear Creek.

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Some of the collectible gemstones and rocks that can be found along Bear Creek are white and pink chalcedony, chalcedony roses, red, brown and yellow jasper, jasper breccia, picture jasper, banded agate, zeolites, geodes, massive hematite, banded rhyolite, andesite, volcanic bombs, scoria, limonite and hematite-banded welded tuff, and lots of really nice colorful rocks!

Grant County, contains several highly productive mining districts and ranks first in the State in the production of mineral wealth. The ore deposits are diverse and have yielded copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold, iron, manganese, and molybdenum. Total gold production of the county through 1959 was about 501,000 ounces. Before 1900 placers and oxidized ores were the chief sources of the gold, but from 1912 through 1959 much gold has been a byproduct of base-metal mining. The major districts are the Central, Pines Altos, and Steeple Rock.



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Access is available to the claim by 4WD. It is a little rough around the surrounding areas, but there is a dirt road that runs with the creek, to reach the claim. The actually goes through the claim, so you have easy access to the creek, and back to your vehicle for supplies. There are a few little hills around the claim, making it a little secluded and private. A small camper/trailer would be accessible to reach the claim.


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Turner Ridge Airport – 19.38 miles               

Whiskey Creek Airport – 21.04 miles              

Sacaton Landing Strip – 18.93 miles               

Grant County Airport – 29.77 miles                                          


Nearby Cities/Towns:                 

Silver City – 18.41 miles

Bayard – 24.85 miles  

Arenas Valley – 21.11 miles  

Pinos Altos – 16.78 miles  

Gila – 5.51 miles  

Buckhorn – 13.99 miles  

Cliff – 7.62   miles                 

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Bear Creek Panning Claim


Overhead shots from the drone ;)


Bear Creek Panning Claim


Note that all of the pictures of this claim were taken by the team on a recent visit to this property.
  All Pictures are of the actual property – no stock photographs were used


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Bear Creek



  Mining claims are a tangible asset and show proof of all interests in minerals in the area. They can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate. A mining claim can be sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed, used as collateral or transferred in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance.
This auction is for full/all interest in this 20 acre placer mining claim. This claim covers the entire site, 1,320 ft. by 660 ft., and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and just about whatever else you may find on the property. The winner of this auction will receive a notarized quitclaim deed to the full claim and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim.
Maintenance on all BLM mining claims is $155.00, per 20 acre parcel, annually. This must be paid on or before September 1st, every year unless you do more than $100 per year in improvements to the property, in which case you can file for and receive a waiver of the maintenance fee. .
NOTE: If you own fewer than 10 claims nationwide, we can assist you in filing the paperwork to waive the maintenance fee every year. That means you can only plan on paying $10 per year for your maintenance fee instead of $155.
And let me just re-state once more the answer to the one question that I get asked the most often; you are bidding for full claim ownership, not just a down payment or a part of this 20 acre claim. Auction end price  is the final price for the entire site – there are no phony transfer fees or handling costs of any kind!  


Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims;  


Interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred in part or its entirety. So you can will, gift, sell or lease your interest in this claim at any time in the future. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell the claim, the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer.  


With regard to transferring this claim initially into your name, we take care of all the paperwork at our expense. You do not have to worry about anything – we handle the BLM transfer documentation and the recording. Then if you ever want to will or sell your claim in the future, we will gladly assist you on the paperwork for no charge.  


Can you camp / build on your mining claim?  


Without an approved plan of operations, you have the same rights and restrictions as the public. If the area is open to camping to the public, then it is permissible. However, you need to check with the BLM Field Office or the local District Ranger for areas open to camping. Under Federal law in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for more than 14 calendar days in any 90 day period, a claimant must be involved in certain activities that (a) are reasonably incident; (b) constitute substantially regular work; (c) are reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals; (d) involve observable on-the-ground activity that can be verified; and (e) use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair or fabrication of replacement parts. All five of these requirements must be met for occupancy to be permissible.


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A mining claim gives the holder the right to mine on  mineral-rich land that belongs to the federal government.
Mining claims are a tangible asset and show proof of all interests in minerals in the area. They can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate. A mining claim can be sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed, used as collateral or transferred in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance.

We offer a lifetime guarantee should the BLM take back the land.

As the largest company in the mining industry selling legitimate and valuable historic claims, you can rest assured  that there is no fine print on any of our claim auctions telling you will have to deal with any games like being charged phony fees or having to pay inflated “processing” or “transfer” fees. The final auction price for this mine when the auction ends is ALL you will pay.

Our in-house legal counsel will complete all of the paperwork and documentation for recording and transferring FULL ownership of this mine into your name if you win the auction, AND we will ship you everything in one to two business days of receipt of your payment in full (usually just one day!). So you can plan to visit (and start working) your claim the next day without the lengthy delay you will experience with other companies selling claims –and you will not have to pay any extra costs, fees or other poor excuses for extra profit that normally just go into a seller’s pocket.

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We'll take care of all the paperwork and arrangements so you can enjoy your claim immediately after payment and we keep you informed through the entire process with confirmations when payment is received, when your paperwork has been shipped.

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While we cannot physically ship land to you as it doesn't quite fit into the mail box ;)

We will ship all paperwork/maps upon payment clearing we ship same business day (if payment is received by 1PM P.S.T.) We always provide tracking information so you are always informed.

Your payment of this eBay item gives you 100% ownership of this entire claims, all fees and other costs for the transfer of ownership is included. This is NOT an auction for the down payment, this is NOT a partnership arrangement where someone else will own part of the claim with you, and there are NO fees or costs for the transfer of this claim in your name.

PayPal does not allow payments for real estate or land purchases, and mining claims are considered real estate - so we are unable to accept payments through PayPal at this time. Should PayPal ever change that policy, we will accept payments for mining claims through PayPal. We DO accept: Personal and Business Checks,  Cashier's checks, Personal checks, Bank Wires, ACH payments as well as all major Credit Cards (American Express, Visa, Master Card & Discover).

We provide financing plans with no interest or fees. Financing terms are minimum of $500** down and the balance due within 90-days.    

For longer term financing, please touch base with us, as we may be able to provide automatic credit card billing for terms up to 12 months.

*Please contact us first should you decide on a payment plan.

**If there is less than 90 days until August 1st and automatic $155 will be added bringing the down to $655 to cover the maintenance fees.