Go prospecting for gold on an outdoor adventure tour with Goldrush Original’s guide, Mike Darby. A local character, Mike is part artist, musician, historian, raconteur, author and gold panning expert. Goldrush Originals will lead you and your group to one of their favorite spots to find gold. Yes! There is still gold in them thar hills!
All equipment is provided and you will learn not only how to look for gold in the environment, where you’re most likely to find gold, and also how to properly pan for gold. Mike will add lots of local color by telling you about the fascinating history of California’s Gold Rush and how it effected Angels Camp and the surrounding area.
And best of all, you get to keep what you find. What could be more fun for the whole family than a real Gold Rush adventure in the heart of California’s Gold Country? You can stop by and visit Mike Darby and/or his wife Linda at their historic, downtown Angels Camp store, or you can email or call to set up your tour ahead of time. Linda hand crafts jewelry which you can also purchase in their store. Some of her pieces are also available at the Calaveras Visitors Center.
Advance reservations are recommended. Group and family discounts are available. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking boots or tennis shoes for exploring – waterproof shoes are best as you may need to wade in a stream or river. Also make sure to use plenty of sunscreen and don a hat if your skin is sensitive to the summer sun. It can get hot here in summer but rivers are cold, so dress comfortably, bring water and expect an adventure!
Regular tours last 2-3 hours and include but you can also book an extended all-day excursion or an overnight adventure tour.
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