Just on the south side of Fairplay you can register at a hotel and get the permit to pan for gold. Bring your own pan, shovel and screen to sort out the larger pebbles. This is flour gold, very fine... but easily found while panning. Plastic green pans, rusty steel pans... no matter... even a big pie pan will work.
Bring some youngsters along... let them do the digging and you do the panning!