The Powderhorn Instant Study Area covers approximately 51,000 acres of land under BLM administration located about 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Gunnison, Colorado. A mineral resource survey, made in 1979 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines, indicates that both the mineral potential and the energy potential for the Powderhorn Instant Study Area are low. This report is based on geologic and geochemical investigations, examination of prospects, and an aeromagnetic survey. Spectrographic analyses were made of approximately 120 stream-sediment and rock samples. No mining districts are located within the study area.
Preliminary report on the mineral resources of the Powderhorn Instant study area, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties, Colorado