I am sorry to be away for a bit it has been a tough year and not only am I difficult to reach at times I have had two separate head injuries and my wife is having to remind me to reach out, blood on the brain effects memory like you wouldn't believe.
New claims opened on the San Miguel River;
From Ridgeway take HWY 62 West and drive past the turn off to Telluride. About 2 miles down the road from the Telluride turnoff you will come across a BLM campsite called Caddis Flats, great site but NO prospecting. As you continue down the road you will look for 90-91 mile markers. On the Left you will see the white post and yellow signs for the FLW claim, the next claim down is River Gold 3, and the next down is River Gold 2. If you continue down past Beaver Creek Campground you will come to the Norwood Bridge, cross the bridge and there is a recreational BLM claim there, but no mechanical equipment use and stay 2 feet from the high water mark, plus please fill your holes.
If you want a hot spot with Checkerboard Bedrock continue West passed Norwood and Redvale almost to Naturita. You will come upon a sign for HWY 90. Make a right there up the hill and drive to the power plant. As you are close to the power plant the HWY 90 turn right off the main road. Follow that until you hit the Pinon Bridge, it's a big green bridge and the only one you have to cross. As soon as you cross the bridge make a immediate right on BB36 road, and at that point you are on the recreational claim (Previously known as the Cream). Once again nothing mechanical and stay 2 feet from the high water mark and fill your holes.
Do not try to get a camper into the FLW Claim, you will not get it out. If you see the Beaver Creek Campsite, another nice site, you have passed the FLW, River Gold 3 and 2.