Utah Gold – History, Placers, and Recreational Regulations

Early prospector panning for gold. Photo courtesy of the Utah Historical Society.

Utah’s Gold History

Lode and placer deposits, Early discoveries, 1900s activity

Utah’s Gold Placers

What is a placer? Where are Utah’s gold placers?

Fool’s Gold

How can I tell the difference between gold and pyrite (fool’s gold)?

Recreational Gold Panning and Dredging Regulations

What is recreational gold panning and dredging? What are the regulations regarding recreational gold panning and dredging? Do I need a permit?

Where can I get additional information?

Government Agencies, Gold Prospecting Clubs and Other Information Sources, Publications