N1/2 SE1/4 NE1/4 SEC. 15 T8N R5W, GSRB&M, Arizona

AMC460613 Unpatented 20 Acres

 Located in Wickenburg, AZ


Starlight is a 20 acre placer mining claim located just West of the Hassayampa River. It contains around 1000 feet of dry creek bed that runs almost all the way across the claim on the South side of the road. Starlight also has around 600 feet of dry creek bed on the North side of the road as well. The road runs through the entire claim and has a nice little "ramp" right down into the wash for easy access near the Eastern border. Starlight is a great claim for drywashing, metal detecting, rockhounding, and running a wet sluice. Gorgeous views of the Hassayampa River and the town of Wickenburg are in the distance, making this a tranquil spot for mining just far enough out of town for a peaceful day out on the claim.

Starlight is located in the Black Hills area about 5 miles directly North of Wickenburg.  There are places near the claim to camp if you want.  It has great access and an interestingly bizarre amount of geologic activity for the amateur geologist to take in, from metamorphic to volcanic events and more.  The dirt in this area has less iron  and clay in it, which tends to make it easier to drywash.  Wet washing is easier because there is less clay to thicken the water.  Also noted is much more caliche, which acts as a barrier to keep gold from dropping further toward bedrock.  As you will see in a picture toward the bottom, caliche traps the gold so nuggets are often found near the surface on top of the caliche.  We did bring in a geologist that confirmed the presence of gold bearing quartz in the area trending from the Black Hills west at about 272 degrees.  We have been exploring this area for nearly 14 years and always come up with some awesome specimens of gold and other minerals.  In addition to gold, .......... jasper, agate, green tourmaline, black tourmaline, topaz, garnet, epidot, and other minerals are pretty common in this area.


GPS Corner Coordinates

You can COPY& PASTE these coordinates into Google Earth for your own view of the claim.

NW CORNER N34.03970 W112.75890

SW CORNER N34.03790 W112.75890 

SE CORNER N34.03790 W112.75453

NE CORNER N34.03970 W112.75453

All corners are staked with white 5' tall PVC pipe and aluminum tag with claim name and which corner it is stamped in the tag.