National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Colorado

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Colorado

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

The 2015 Colorado data tables (XLS) chapter containing text and data tables in PDF and XLS formats are available. Other years are available through the links below, and 2016-2017 data are presented on this web page.

Sources of information

Colorado leads in the production of molybdenum concentrates, and is a major producer of fire clay, gold, and Grade-A helium. It also produces bentonite, cement, common clay, crushed stone, gypsum, industrial sand and gravel, lime, and silver.

Statistical Summary

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - Colorado chapters

    The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Colorado extracted from from Table 5 in the 2017 statistical summary.

    Nonfuel Mineral Production in Colorado1,2,3
    Commodity Unit 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands) 2017 Quantity 2017 Value (thousands)
    Clay: common thousand metric tons (1000 t) 300 9,220 269 8,580
    Gemstones, naturale   NA 1,070 NA 431
    Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 34,900 282,000r 34,000 284,000
    Stone, crushed 1000 t 15,400r 148,000r 16,700 162,000
    Stone, dimension 1000 t 20 10,200 30 11,900
    Combined values of cement, clay (fire clay), gold, gypsum (crude), helium (Grade-A), lime, molybdenum mineral concentrates, sand and gravel (industrial), silver   XX 1,020,000 XX 1,240,000
    Total   XX 1,480,000r XX 1,700,000

    eEstimated. rRevised. NA Not available. W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; included in combined value. XX Not applicable.

    1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through Decemebr 2020.

    2 Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers). Mine output measured as sold or used by producers is primarily shown in the tables, because values can be assigned. Where sold or used data are not available, actual mine output is used as the production measurement and value is estimated average price of the mineral commodity for that year. Data are reported in gross weight unless otherwise specified.

    3 Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.

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    Madan M Singh

    State Mineral Specialist
    National Minerals Information Center
    Phone: 703-648-4916

    Robert M Callaghan

    State Mineral Specialist
    National Minerals Information Center
    Phone: 703-648-7709