I spend countless hours doing research both in and out of the field.
I have a great set of partners and friends that have decades of experience and knowledge.
Somewhere in the La Plata Mountains in the Four Corners area is a rich gold mine found by the Spanish.
The date of the discovery of the mine changes from one story to another but the most logical dates are the 1770’s or the 1570’s.
There are apparently several stories of prospectors that happened across the statue and went insane or died shortly after seeing it. In the late 1840’s a group of outlaws had a lucky robbery where they made off with a cache of money “worth hundreds of thousands of dollars” in Sacramento, California.The majority of the group was killed while trying to escape but two of the outlaws made it to a spot that was once known as the James Will Sheep Ranch a few miles east of Clifford in Lincoln County, Colorado.The Spaniards were transporting the statue and other gold they had to Santa Fe and were attacked by Indians.The survivors of the attack hid the golden statue in a cave as they made their way out of the mountains.I'd be more than happy to answer questions concerning treasure hunting.
Just like Arizona, Colorado is loaded with lost mines and caches of gold nuggets that never made it to the assayer’s office.