Arizona Association of Gold ProspectorsProfessional Gold Prospecting Lessons





Gold Prospecting Lessons in Arizona can really pay off!

Have you ever wanted to go on a GOLD Mining Adventure or prospecting lesson?

Have you ever wanted to learn how the professionals prospect for GOLD?

Are You Going To See The Grand Canyon?

Want Something Fun To Do During Your Vacation Trip To Arizona?

Well now you can do either or both when you come to Arizona!

In April 2024 GOLD hit an all time high of $2431.55/oz.
Can you afford not to learn how to find more?

A beautiful Winter morning on the claims!

Beautiful Winter Morning

Beautiful sunny High Noon the claims!

High Noon On The Claims

Beautiful end of the day sunset at the claims 01-16-2015!

Full Moon Rising To The North

Beautiful end of the day sunset at the claims 01-16-2015!

A Beautiful January Sunset To The West

A few hours of testing the claims 06-06-2015!

Only 2 Hours of Claim Testing!

Close up of GOLD found testing on 01-16-2015!

Close up it looks even prettier!

A new AAGP member's find after one prospecting lesson!

New member's successful find after one lesson!

More new AAGP member's successful finds after one lesson!

More great new member finds after one lesson!

A new AAGP member's find after one prospecting lesson!

A nice nugget find!

More new AAGP member's successful finds after one lesson!

Another nice nugget find!

Another AAGP member prospecting student's finds!

Another AAGP member prospecting student's finds!

February/March have been great nugget months!

February/March have been great nugget months!

If you've been going out GOLD prospecting and coming home with little or no GOLD then you truly need to take some GOLD prospecting lessons. You should be able to go out every time and come home with at least $25 to $500 in GOLD or something is very wrong with your approach to this wonderful hobby. First and foremost you need access to good claims that can provide this GOLD to you every trip. Second you need to know where and how you should be looking for this amount of GOLD. Third you need good GOLD recovery equipment and you also need to know how to properly run that euipment to ensure success. We can help you get access to the good claims by joining the AAGP. We can also help you with learning how and where to look for this GOLD. And we can help train you on your equipment to ensure you aren't literally throwing back GOLD. So many times over the last 27 years I've seen prospectors literally throwing back and blowing off GOLD with their equipment as they are operating it improperly for the type of materials they are running. This includes prospectors who have been doing this long before I have. Sometimes we need a fresh eye and new set of knowledge and ideas to help put the spark and GOLD back into our prospecting trips. You can start this process by signing up for your first professional GOLD prospecting lesson below. What will happen if you don't take one? Well Einstein's definition of insanity is to continously do the same process over and over again and expect a different outcome. If you make no changes, you will receive no changes in what you take home at the end of the day. It just makes sense to hire us help you fine tune and correct your prospecting process and proceedures so you're consistently coming home with more GOLD!

For the last couple of years January through April had great weather and so far this year it's been the same so many have been taking their lessons now! Also during this time many small nuggets were found, some finding multiple. The last 2 prospecting lessons taught for Spring 2023, a couple of weeks ago, the first day of Nugget Hunting produced 2 nice nuggets. The second day was drywashing, which produced 3 nice nuggets and a bunch of flakes. Taking professional lessons can help you learn how to find and go home with more GOLD!

UPDATE! - December 2019 was one of the wettest December's in ten years. December 2021 and December 2023 have continued this increased amount of rain too. This unusual amount of rain in December helps move a lot of GOLD bearing gravels and members who are out and actively prospecting are finding a lot of newly uncovered GOLD out on the claims!

Typically, every year in January through May we have a wonderful, warm and sunny beginning to the new year making it great for being out on the claims. We look forward to having the same great weather this year. As always, many of our Winter members are having a great time here in the warmer sun. The GOLD they are finding gleams beautifully in the nice warm sun! Last April a new member from Alaska found 3 beautiful nuggets in 7 hours of work over 2 days that paid for his new GOLD Getter membership! So if you want to enjoy the sunny warm days prospecting beautiful GOLD, join the AAGP now and come on down here and get out where the GOLD flows like the warm sun! You too can be enjoying this wonderful sunny and nice weather with us while you find and take home the GOLD!


The AAGP is now offering Private and Group Professional GOLD Prospecting Adventures and Lessons in Arizona. Now, with the assistance and guidance of a master prospector, you can live the adventure of a lifetime, just like they did in the Old West. Of course, you will have all the advantages of today's modern conveniences and none of the hardships found in the old days. The gunslingers and bandits are no longer a threat to modern GOLD prospectors, but you can still visit the same areas that the old prospectors went to find their fortunes. You can drive your vehicle to most locations within an hour from Phoenix and modern equipment removes most of the physical burdens and enhances the recovery of GOLD! Each of your daily prospecting adventure or lessons can include any one of the following areas:

  1. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced Prospecting Skills
  2. Drywashing in the desert
  3. Dredging techniques in streams and rivers
  4. Highbanking techniques along streams and rivers
  5. Nugget Hunting/Shooting
  6. Crevicing for Nuggets and Placer GOLD
  7. Claims research and staking.

Each of the above adventures or classes is designed to teach you how to have the best chance at successfully finding GOLD every time you go looking for it. After you complete your first GOLD prospecting lesson, you will know where to look for and how to recover GOLD so that you can come home with the GOLD! Any lessons requiring water processing techniques tend to depend on seasonal availability of water in the local washes. Otherwise all water needed for the lesson would be required to be trucked in and an appropriate training area setup for the particular type of water based prospecting would need to be dug, lined, filled and prepared for the lesson at a much greater cost than a normal lesson. We have accomodated this preference in the past with good success. This refers to dredging, sluicing and highbanking in particular. Small recirculation methods may also be able to be taught at a lower cost than these three larger methods of water recovery. All necessary equipment will be provided for your lesson(s) or you can be trained on your own personal equipment should you prefer. For less than the cost of a professional fishing guide, you can enjoy the thrill of a lifetime and learn how to keep on enjoying it on your own. Lessons are day-long and begin approximately 10:00 AM and usually end between 4 and 5 PM depending on many factors. If you have ever wanted to learn how to enjoy any of the above areas, please feel free to contact us via phone at (623) 934-6882, or you may email us at the following address: . We will be happy to answer all of your questions.
*(Due to the nature of the world we now live in, we reserve the right to refuse lessons and/or services to anyone.)

Please note, in order to participate in Professional Private GOLD Prospecting Lessons, you acknowledge that you will be required to read and agree to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement prior to your participation in the event. This is a legal requirement for participation and refusal to sign will result in your not being able to participate and immediate termination of services. No refund will be given as services were made available to you and you, by not signing the Hold Harmless Agreement, have decided not to participate as per this notice and you agree to forfeit all monies paid for the event.

Click below to pay online or call (623) 934-6882 to charge your professional private GOLD prospecting lesson.

Lesson cost for all dates between October 15th and May 15th is just $300.00 per day for one person. Lesson cost for all dates between May 16th and June 30th and September 1st to October 14th is just $350.00 per day for one person. Click on the appropriate date Buy Now buttons to purchase the date(s) you want and then contact us to confirm your date(s). S&H will be added into the payment below and to cover cost of CC processing(does not apply to cash, money order and Zelle payments).

New GOLD Getter members in their first year will receive an additional $100 off their first prospecting lesson! That's approximately a 33% discount off your first lesson in the cooler months. This is one of the great additional bonuses of being an AAGP GOLD Getter member! Contact us for a special payment request to reflect your $100 discount for whatever time period you want to take your lesson.

In addition to the above $100 discount for new GOLD Getter members in their first year, we are now offering a HUGE $100 discount for two individuals taking a lesson on the same date. Both individuals will be trained on the same single piece of equipment. For every two additional participants on the same day in addition to the original two participants, another piece of equipment will be provided for the same type of lesson. This HUGE discount applies to both AAGP members and non-members. As with the above situation, if one or both are AAGP members, contact us for a special payment request to reflect your $100 or $200 discount for whatever time period you want to take your lesson. Please remember that all participants taking the lesson must be an AAGP member in order to take their training on the AAGP claims. Otherwise you will be trained on a private claim area which you cannot return to even as an AAGP member.


October 15th To May 15th


May 16th To June 30th


September 1st To October 14th



October 15th To May 15th


May 16th To June 30th


September 1st To October 14th


All major Credit Cards are accepted!


Gold Nugget found during a private gold prospecting lesson

Charles, who is an expert fishing guide in Minnesota, went on one of our Arizona Nugget Hunting trips through our GOLD Prospecting Adventures and Lessons where he found a beautiful GOLD Nugget with quartz matrix! A total beginner, he found a Nugget anyone would be proud of. Hopefully, with his new knowledge, he will find many more.

Special Notice: So far this year everyone has been finding GOLD on the lessons and many are finding nice NUGGETS! We believe it's due to the excessive amount of rainfall we had this and last year over the previous years to help uncover the GOLD.

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