Whether you're brand new to gold prospecting or you're a seasoned veteran, there's one piece of advise that you
hear and read over and over again from those in the know: "Join a local gold prospecting club!" There are
many reasons for joining a local prospecting club. There's strength in numbers. The knowledge and experience of the
combined membership would take years to develop on your own. And it's just plain fun to get together with a bunch
of like-minded individuals and head for the hills!
The Cheyenne, Wyoming Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America was formed in 2001 as the Gold
Prospectors of Cheyenne, Inc., a not for profit organization. Our mission is to bring together the
small scale gold prospectors and miners of southeast Wyoming, the Nebraska panhandle, and Northern Colorado in
order to learn prospecting and mining techniques from each other, educate the local community about gold
prospecting, and to protect the rights of small scale operators.
The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month, unless that day happens to be a holiday or there is an outing
scheduled for that month. At those times, the meeting dates are determined by a vote of the members and will be posted
here on the website and in the club's Newsletter.
Membership is free, and visitors to our meetings and outings are always welcome. You must, however, be a GPAA member
to use GPAA claims. For information on joining the national organization, please visit their website at
www.goldprospectors.com. Our local
chapter raises funds through the sale of equipment, through club raffles, and donations. The
funds are used to cover normal administrative expenses, to purchase supplies and equipment used in workshops and
demonstrations, to purchase items for raffles, and to purchase items/equipment for use by the Chapter members.
Officers and Board Members are elected for a one year term at the Annual Meeting in May of each year. Officers
include positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a Claims Director. The claims committee works
to find new claims that can be filed for GPAA members to prospect or mine on. There are also some unelected positions
that are filled by volunteers, as well as some committee appointments for special projects.
Chapter members frequently use GPAA claims in southeast Wyoming, along Douglas Creek and Lake Creek in the
Medicine Bow National Forest. The GPAA also owns claims in the South Pass/Atlantic City area of central Wyoming and several
claims in Colorado that are available for use by members.
If you are interested in contacting us about a workshop, to ask a question, comment about the website, or for any
other reason...simply fill out the contact form and submit it. We will
contact you as soon as possible, usually within 24-48 hours.