Non-Profit 501 (c) 3

                      Welcome to our DIG!

Website maintained by Larry Tobey.  Contact: [email protected]


Gold is where you find it!
Monthly outing to the Johnnie claim and General Meeting
The next group outing to the claim in Johnnie will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019, weather permitting.  New members and other interested members can meet at the Burger King on Rt. 160 at 8:00 a.m. and caravan to the claim.

There is no general meeting scheduled for December, but we will have a short business meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the holiday party on Friday, December 13, 2019  (see Events below).

Nominations for officers for 2020 were requested at the November general meeting.  There was a nomination for President and Secretary, but not for Treasurer.  All three officers are required to maintain our 501(c)3 non-profit status.  More information about the future of Nye Gold Seekers will be posted soon.



Special announcements

Bonnie Johnson had to resign as President of Nye Gold Seekers due to out-of-state family issues.  Larry Tobey is assuming her duties until the end of the year.

The holiday party will be held in the Grill Room at Mountain Falls Golf Club on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  The cost for members is $20.00 and non-members is $30.00. Cyndie Neufeld (317-918-6982) is seeking volunteers to help make up baskets or make up gifts for the raffle.  Also, she needs help setting up the day of the party.

Monty Duarte added a new sluice to our inventory of prospecting equipment.  See below for more information about our inventory.

Volunteers are always needed to serve on the Board of Directors.  If interested, please reply to Larry Tobey at [email protected].


A definition of Specific Gravity with a chart of various minerals, including gold, can be viewed HERE.


NGS members can go to the Johnnie claim whenever they would like.  But it is recommended that at least one other member goes along to the claim in case of an emergency.  Always carry plenty of water and be aware that snakes might be present in the area.  A list of items suggested to take with you to the claim is available HERE.  Also, please make sure to hang your membership placard on your rear view mirror and keep your membership ID card with you.


A poker chip, with a gold nugget attached, is available for purchase by special order through Monty Duarte (phone: 925-783-1565).  The poker chip can be used to check the effectiveness of a metal detector in picking up gold.  The price of the poker chip is $10.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members.  Choose between one with a hole for use with a lanyard or one without a hole.


Prospecting equipment owned by Nye Gold Seekers is available for members to borrow for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

Click HERE for a complete list

Members who are interested in borrowing equipment can call Monty Duarte at 925-783-1565 for details.  Contact Monty at least 4 days before needing to use the rock crusher.  He will reserve it and prepare it for use at his house.  There is a 4 bucket limit per reservation.  Please note that the borrower is responsible to return borrowed items in the same condition as received.  Damaged or lost items must be replaced at the borrower's expense.  Damaged items may be repaired (with approval from Monty) at the borrower's expense.


Following are links for downloading Google Earth Pro and overlays of the Nevada Geologic map, Nevada Mining, and US Topographic maps:

Google Earth Pro: https://www.google.com/earth/resources

Nevada mineral mines overlay: http://mrdata.usgs.gov/mrds/select.php

Nevada geological map overlay: http://mrdata.usgs.gov/geology/state/state.php?state=NV

Nevada topographic map overlay:


A PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the January 20, 2018 general meeting can be downloaded HERE.


Outings and Events

Volunteers are needed to work the NGS booth at all events.  Sign-up sheets are available at the general meetings.


General Information

ACTING PRESIDENT:  Larry Tobey        

P.O. Box 1056                                     

Pahrump, NV 89041

[email protected]                         


Monthly Activities

Outing 2nd Saturday

Claim in Johnnie    (Click here for a map)   (Click here for claim marker)

Meet @ Burger King

667 S Highway 160

Pahrump, NV 89048  (map)

May and September: 7 a.m. (No outings in June, July and August)

October - April: 8 a.m.


General Meeting 3rd Saturday                                

Pahrump Valley Museum

401 E. Basin Ave.                                                              

Pahrump, NV 89060                                                           

Phone: (775) 751-8613                                                      

Meeting Time: 2 p.m. (No meetings in June, July and August)

E-mail: [email protected]


Membership Forms

A link for new and renewal membership forms is available on the menu bar at the top of the page.  The membership fee for new members is $36.00 plus a one-time processing fee of $10.00.  Membership renewal fees are $36.00 per year payable in January of each year.  Members who renew their membership 12 months or more after their membership expiration date must also pay a $10.00 processing fee in addition to the $36.00 annual membership fee.

New Member Information

New member packets and membership cards are available for pick up at each general meeting of Nye Gold Seekers.

 If you're just learning about gold prospecting, or even if you are experienced and want to learn more, there is an e-book available for purchase on Amazon.com entitled, "The Essential Introduction for New Gold Prospectors - 2nd  Edition" by Tim Rapp.  The cost is only $9.99 and it is worth every penny. The e-book can be downloaded to a desktop computer or a portable device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) for use anywhere.

 On January 18, 2014, Andy Alberti (founder of Nye Gold Seekers) spoke about how Nye Gold Seekers came to be.  A video of his speech is available HERE.

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