In the mountains of Utah, gold is found "in almost every direction, in quantities which promise the richest results to the adventurous explorer and the industrious miner," proclaimed Ge. Patrick E. Connor in 1864. Although Connor grossly overstated the case, Utah mines in 1985 recovered 135,489 troy ounces of gold valued at over $43 million.

Mountain States

Gold mined in 1985 (troy ounces)Nevada

1,276,114

Montana

160,262

Utah

135,489

Arizona

52,053

New Mexico

45,045

Idaho

44,306

Colorado

43,301

Wyoming

(none reported)