Topaz Mountain 2022

Saturday, July 16, Topaz Mtn Mine

Limit of 30 participants


Lake George, CO

Target Specimens:


Trip Leader

Jim Hooten (Tentative…)

Meeting Location

Topaz Mtn Mine
From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24 west to Lake George. Drive through Lake George, cross the South Platte River and turn north on Park County Road 77 (Tarryall Road). Go approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto road and cross bridge over Tarryall Creek. You should see the brown Forest Service sign marking the road (F.S. Road 211) also known as Matakat Road. Proceed about 2.5 miles and pass over cattle guard. You are now on Topaz Mountain Gem Mine. Operating sign is posted on fence to your left. Park in pullout on the right, or anywhere along the road. Walk up to where operations are going on. You should see plenty of people and vehicles.

Meeting Time

9:00 AM

Joe Dorris has again invited us to their Topaz Mountain topaz claim. This is an operational mine, so some different rules apply. It is required that each individual, or family, purchase a bag of gravel for $50 to help defray the costs for operations and facilities. Each bag will contain several topaz specimens, and possibly some amazonite and smoky quartz pieces as well. In addition, everyone can work the gravel dumps for topaz. While working these dumps, you are working for Glacier Peak Mining. Joe will assess ALL topaz found, and decide whether to release the specimen to the finder, or retain as a “company stone”. Some stones may be offered to the finder with an option to purchase at a fair wholesale rate. If any stone(s) is exceptional, the company has the right to retain that specimen.

Although some rakes are available for use at the location, it is suggested you bring a garden rake with heavy tines, and a mattock or shovel. Optional items to bring include a screen, rock pick, collecting bags and a 5-gal bucket. Also bring plenty of water, lunch and sunscreen. Restroom facilities are available.

Dist = 120 mi. 4WD = Optional Kids = Supervised Tools = L Fee = $50/person or family for bag of topaz gravel

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