Sharp increases in the price of gold over recent years have brought a new breed of prospectors out into the hills. In the deserts, on the hillsides and in the mountain streams, there is still gold to be found in many places. Every year there are still great finds being made, mostly in the western states.
Panning for gold in a stream, like the old timers did it, is not as difficult as you may think. By practicing in your back yard with a simple setup will prepare you for the real deal.