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Founded in 1947, Columbine Gem and Mineral Society is Chaffee County, Colorado’s own rockhounding/prospecting, fossil, artifact, lapidary and earth science club.

Columbine Gem & Mineral is a group for amateur, recreational, and professional prospectors, lapidaries, and jewelers. Based in the Buena Vista, Salida, Chaffee County area of Colorado, the group was originally formed in 1947 – so it’s been around for a while. We have beginners that know absolutely nothing, except what they may have learned on TV shows like “Prospectors” or “Gold Rush” or “Gold Fever”. In addition to beginners, we have many formally trained geologists. So it’s a great way for people to get together who have a passion for rocks, gems, and minerals. We have monthly meetings with various guest speakers. During the summer and fall months, we organize many field trips to various local areas and different mining claims for people to try their hand at prospecting for specific minerals. We are very family friendly. We have many members with children, and some of our field trips are a great way for the family to spend quality time together in nature. Please like our Facebook Page to get notified of upcoming events!

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