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4 Places You Can Use a Metal Detector in Colorado

4 Places You Can Use a Metal Detector in Colorado

If you're interested in metal detecting for fun, you may have wondered where you can legally use a metal detector to search for coins, jewelry, and other lost artifacts. In this post, we'll cover four places you can use a metal detector in Colorado.

1. Your Backyard

Two Adirondack chairs in a backyard with plush grass

Private property is fair game for metal detecting, as long as its your own (or you have the permission of the property owner). If you live in an older house, you never know what you might find. There could be old silver coins, lost rings and other jewelry, vintage metal toys, and more.

2. City parks

Washington Park in Denver, CO

Also close to home, your local city parks are a great place to get your feet wet in metal detecting. You're likely to find coins, bits of aluminum foil, and discarded packaging, but you'll learn how to interpret the readings and sounds of your detector.

In Denver, Washington Park and City Park are popular places to go metal detecting.

3. National Forests

National Forest

Colorado is home to 11 national forests and two national grasslands. Metal detecting is generally allowed in national forests and other Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, and you never know what you'll find. Some forests were once homestead sites, others have picnic areas, campgrounds and dispersed campsites; all of which are good places to bring a metal detector.

4. State parks

Colorado's State Forest State Park

Colorado has 41 state parks scattered across the state. Many have campsites and picnic areas, which are often a good place to start metal detecting in search of coins. Most of the state parks allow metal detecting, but as a rule, check with the Park Manager to see if there's anywhere in the park that's off limits to metal detectors.

Gary Iverson
Gary Iverson


  • All. One has to do is to contact the NOS for guidance I’m on metal detecting . More concern about under water river pumping. With new technologies and studying old crime records or smart use of detectors very little damage is done to the environment. The big thing is don’t be a jerk and dig like trash pits. This is a hobby. Respect nature and respect the regulations in place to preserve the heritage. Anyone interested in a small club contact me. Great adventures in a crazy world. Please don’t become like the idiots and their tv techniques of raping the land. Treat nature like she tests humans!

  • I’m an RVer from Florida vacationing in Colorado and brought my metal detector with me.
    I saw a beutiful lake with sandy beaches in Ridgway State Park that I thought would be great
    to metal detect on. The day pass was $9 and I mentioned to the attendant I had a metal detector with a trowel (not shovel) that I would like to detect on the beach. She said, “no metal detecting allowed”,
    so in short, I didn’t get to metal detect there and they didn’t get the $9. I am glad I asked before paying the $9.

  • I was told Denver banned detecting in any city park?

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