Rocky Bar

The Rocky Bar is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,249 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Rocky Bar  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,249 Feet (1,600 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.6908, -115.29220

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Rocky Bar MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Rocky Bar


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Platinum


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Bear Creek And Red Warrior Districts

Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.
Administrative Organization: Boise National Forest


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Stream Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Year: 1862
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE




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Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: RECALCULATES TO PT=0.00013 OZ/TON (3 PPB), AU=0.0018 OZ/TON (62 PPB)
Analytical Data: PT=$2.27/TON, AU=$22.32/TON OF CONCENTRATES AT 5 LB/YD


Ore: Platinum
Ore: Gold
Ore: Chromite
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Ilmenite
Gangue: Quartz


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Reference (Deposit): Ross, C.P., 1941, The Metal And Coal Mining Districts Of Idaho, With Notes On The Nonmetallic Mineral Resources Of The State: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 57, P. 47.

Reference (Deposit): Staley, W.W., 1946, Gold In Idaho, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 68, P. 19, Fig. 15.

Reference (Deposit): Savage, C.N., 1961, Economic Geology Of Central Idaho Blacksand Placers: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin 17, P. 71-75.

Reference (Deposit): Ballard, S.M., 1928, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Rocky Bar Quadrangle: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 26, P. 17, 22-26.

Reference (Deposit): Day, D.T., And Richards, R.H., 1906, Useful Minerals In The Black Sands Of The Pacific Slope: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resources Of The United States, Calendar Year 1905, P. 1195-1196.

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