Property Description

Don Chano, Morelos, Chihuahua

  • One mineral claim covering 1,413 hectares in Morelos, Chihuahua State.
  • Located on the southern margin of the Cuenca de Oro (40km due south of El Sauzal and Batopilas) in the Copper Canyon region of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The Sierra Madre Occidental is the largest Tertiary Volcanic Province in the world, and host to a number of epithermal precious metal and porphyry copper deposits that have produced over 40 million ounces of gold and 2.0 billion ounces of silver.
  • Grass-root target with over 570 bedrock samples. Never been drilled.
  • Classified as an intermediate sulphidation epithermal deposit displaying prominent base metal content throughout the precious metal horizon.
  • Mineralization at the Don Chano property occurs at the base of the UVS within a preferentially mineralized horizons of the LVS. Strong argillic alteration is observed with intense silicification in the northern target areas.  The alteration footprint is approximately 3.5 kilometres north-south by 1.2 kilometres east-west.  At the deposit scale, mineralization occurs in veins, stockworks and breccias.  Veins with massive crystalline quartz, abundant galena+pyrite, manganiferous carbonates, quartz±pyrophyllite±tourmaline veining and disseminated bodies of argillic and silicic alteration typically host the gold mineralization.  Four primary zones identified, Guadalupe, Tres Mujeres, Pacheco and North End, as well as three secondary zones, La Genovencia, La Abuja, and Guadalupe River Level.
  • Maximum values from Chip width sampling: 18.4 g/tonne gold and 2,130 g/tonne silver over 0.6 metres at Guadalupe; 17.9 g/tonne gold and 66.1 g/tonne silver over 0.3 metres at Tres Mujeres; 167.5 g/tonne gold and 132.0 g/tonne silver over 0.5 metres at Pacheco; and, 5.1 g/tonne gold and 5.8 g/tonne silver over 0.3 metres at North End.




Reports and Presentations

Surface Ownership

Surface rights are held by the Municipality of Morelos where solid local relationships are maintained.


The Project is located 5km due south of the town of Morelos. A dirt road runs from Guachochic, Chihuahua (5hr) through Morelos, Chihuahua and on through the property to El Fuerte, Sinaloa (6hr). This highway passes through the NW quarter of the claim, several short access roads were cut to access some of the historic mines on the property in the 1990s.

Local Infrastucture

The resident population of Morelos in the 2010 census was 850 permanent residents, 8,500 in the Municipality. The surrounding countryside is sparsely populated. Local field labor is readily available and municipal earthmoving services are available for hire. Morelos offers all the basic necessities for supporting a field project. A 700m paved airstrip exists with daily air taxi flights. There are several restaurants and grocery stores, a modest hotel, regional doctor, military base, and a PEMEX station. Cellular telephone service is available but spotty. Internet/Data services are limited to only a few locations. Contractors providing geological and prospecting supplies and assaying and drilling services are readily available in Cd. Chihuahua and Hermosillo.

Geological Setting

The Don Chano property is located in Barranca Province, within the Cuenca de Oro, which is found in the larger Sierra Madre Occidental, a geological province that forms a high plateau with an average elevation greater than 2,000 meters above sea level and covers approximately 800,000 square kilometers from the US-Mexico border southeast into Zacatecas and Jalisco States. The Sierra Madre Occidental is host to a large number of epithermal precious metal and porphyry copper (± Mo, Au) deposits. It is estimated that over the last 400 years this region of Mexico has produced 40 million ounces of gold and up to 2.0 billion ounces of silver.


Gold is present as a native metal, variably alloyed with silver, within sulphides, tellurides and others to be defined at a later time. Abundant base metals are present including iron, lead, copper and zinc, in order of prevalence. Pyrite, galena, chalcopyrite, low-iron sphalerite, tetrahedrite-tennantite and chalcocite often dominate these assemblages. Vein textures are dominated by crystalline-crustiform quartz with variable sulphides. Multi-lithic matrix supported breccias veins also occur in proximity and emplaced within vein swarms. Permeable lithology within the host sequence may allow development of large tonnages of low-grade stockwork mineralization at the Don Chano property.

Exploration History

Minimal activity has been discovered on this property. Mina Guadalupe is located in the center of the land position and was worked more than 20 years ago to exploit approximately 200 tons of material through milling and flotation. The concentrate generated by flotation reportedly graded 4kg per ton Au, although there is no way to verify this report. Approximately 30 different, small digging were recorded and sampled, although the location of all diggings were nearby significant veins they tended to be focused on weakly enriched fractured zones. It is postulated, due to the local depression of the Morelos caldera, Spanish prospectors followed the Rio Tenoriba, discovered Potrero de Bahorca (Ag veins), and pushed south to Guadalupe y Calvo. Batopilas was heavily worked and the Spanish pushed into Urique, they passed Sauzal countless times. Sauzal did not have any significant historic diggings. The Spanish chased white rocks, finding major quartz and calcite vein districts; numerous quartz veins of 1.0m width have been located at Don Chano, but are relatively dead compared to the adjacent breccias. Lack of historic activity on the property should not deter advancement.

General Specs

Don Chano, Morelos, Chihuahua

Commodities: Au-Ag
Deposit Type:
State: Chihuahua
Municipality: Morelos
Surface Area: 1,413 Ha.
Type Of Deal: Option
Go to Location: Lat: 26.6093 Lon: -107.7171
Kmz File:


Name: Douglas Coleman
Phone: +52-1 (662) 181-0189