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CALIFORNIA GOLD (Statewide) (Mexican Border to Oregon state line)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 1 (eastern part-adjacent to AZ and NV-Death Valley to Yuma)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 2 (San Diego, Escondido, Santa Ana, Riverside, Palm Springs, Salton Sea)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 3 (Ventura, Los Angeles, Lancaster, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Victorville, Barstow, Twentynine Palms)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 4 (Bakersfield, Randsburg east to Death Valley, Trona, Porterville, Visalia, Fresno)

 Northern California Gold Prospecting Map 5 (Mother Lode- Yosemite, San Andreas, Columbia, Sacramento, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Oroville, Magalia, Downieville)

 Northern California Gold Prospecting Map 6 (N. edge of Map 5 to Oregon state line- Greenville, Susanville, Redding, Weaverville, Trinity Center, Yreka, Happy Camp, Crescent City)










California Gold Mines, Gold Prospecting, Gold Panning and Treasure Hunting  in California Gold Region 2

(Note: This is one of our six California gold maps. Please see left-hand column for the others.)

Big Ten's California Gold Prospecting and Panning Map 2 shows three hundred forty (340) gold mines and gold prospecting and panning locations from official geological records of the State of California and the federal government. The map is done in color. The margin of the map has text that tells where to look for gold in a streambed, how to tell "fools gold" from real gold and gives step-by-step gold panning instructions. Locations for finding gold are shown within 15 miles of each of the below listed places. These gold deposit locations, which show where gold has been found in the past, are clearly marked. A good gift.

Map 2 shows places where to look to find gold near:
Anaheim, Anzo Borrego Desert State Park, Banner, Banning, Beaumont, Boulevard, Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Dulzura, Edgemont, El Cajon, El Toro Marine Station, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hemet, Indio, Jacumba, Julian, La Mesa, Laguna Hills, Lake Elsinore, Lakeside, Leucadia, Mission Viejo, Mountain Springs, Murietta Hot Springs, National City, Norco, Oceanside, Ocotillo, Orange, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Pine Valley, Poway, Ramona, Riverside, Spring Valley, San Clemente, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, San Ysidro, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa Indian Reservation, Santee, Solana Beach, Sun City, Sunnymeade, Temecula, Vista, Warner Springs and Yorba Linda.


Many people are surprised to learn of the vast extent of gold mining and gold prospecting and panning sites in Southern California. This is due in part to the massive amount of publicity directed toward the discovery of gold in the Mother Lode Gold area of the state (see Maps 5 and 6) and the resulting California Gold Rush. However early prospectors found many gold deposits in Southern California, including in California Gold Region 2.

California Gold Region 2 is a good part of the state for recreational gold prospecting and gold panning. Gold prospecting and gold panning sites are within easy driving distance of the areas of major population and the clear, mild weather is ideal for outdoor activities.

The Escondido Gold District is 25 miles north of San Diego. Mexicans mined the rich surface ores here many years ago and there was considerable mining and prospecting activity in this district in the 1890's and early 1900's. 

The San Ysidro Mountains a few miles east of Chula Vista and 20 miles southeast of San Diego is the location of the Dulzura Gold District. Placer gold was discovered here in 1828 and lode mining began in 1890. The deposits consist of broken and crushed quartz containing gold.

The Laguna Gold District lies about 45 miles east-northeast of San Diego in the Laguna Mountains. The Cuyamaca Gold District is a few miles northwest of the Laguna Gold District. 

The Pine Valley Gold District in San Diego County includes Descanso and is just off of Interstate 8 about 35 miles east of San Diego.

Directly east of Escondido is the famous Julian-Banner Gold District, which, together with the Cuyamaca and Pinacote Districts, were prime sources of gold in Region 2. The Pinacote Gold District is in the hills of western Riverside County between Perris and Lake Elsinore.  The area of the Pinacote Gold District was placer mined in the 1850's and there was considerable activity after discovery of a major vein in 1874, and until 1903.

The rich Dale, or Virginia Dale Gold District, is in southern San Bernardino County and northern Riverside County. It extends into California Gold Region 2 about 50 miles east-northeast of Palm Springs. There are many gold deposit sites between Palm Springs and the Dale Gold District.

Some other Region 2 gold districts were: Boulder Creek Gold District, about 5 miles west of Cuyamaca; Deer Park Gold District, about six miles south of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park; Menifee Gold District, about 8 miles south of Perris; Mesa Grande Gold District, about 50 miles north of San Diego and just northwest of the town of Mesa Grande; Montezuma, or Rice Gold District, about 12 miles north of Julian; and, Trabuco, in the canyons of the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County, mainly the Trabuco and Silverado Canyons.

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