There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained & friendships to be made but finding gold is not our sole priority. A major goal of the GSSN is education. We teach our members to respect the land while they have fun searching for gold. We show the government agencies that manage public land that recreational gold prospecting can be done in a responsible manner & voice our opinion on matters such as land use & mining laws. Club members participate in public service activities such as fencing & securing abandoned mine shafts & teaching scouts & public school students about the mining industry, minerals and gold panning.
The Gold Searchers of Southern Nevada has several claims where members can participate in a variety of prospecting activities. Our claims are all located within a 1-2 hour drive of the Las Vegas area. All claims are accessible by car and most, if not all, have cellular service. The club also conducts monthly meetings as well as monthly outings, as weather permits. Please see our Join the Club page for more information.
The club also has prospecting equipment available for check out to all members. We currently have metal detectors, dry washers, sluice boxes and other prospecting equipment and encourage our members to try different techniques for gold recovery. For more information on this please see our Equipment Rental page.
Our monthly outings are typically held over two days on a Saturday & Sunday. In most cases lunch on Saturday consists of a potluck where members contribute a plate for everyone to share.
The Gold Searchers of Southern Nevada (GSSN) was founded several years ago as a non-profit organization for recreational prospectors in the Southern Nevada area. Our membership at any given time has grown to over 400 members and continues to grow across the Las Vegas valley and beyond. The GSSN is comprised of members from all walks of life. Some prefer metal detecting while others put their trust into proven gold extraction equipment such as dry washers and recirculating sluices.