Canyon Resources Outlines Its Forward Looking Strategy

    GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 5 /CNW/ -- Canyon Resources Corporation (Amex:   CAU),
a Colorado-based mining company, provides an update on its forward looking
strategy. As a result of recent market turmoil, the management and Board of
Canyon has conducted a critical review of the strategic plans of the Company.
It is the Company's belief that the intrinsic value of its underlying cash,
equipment, and property assets net of liabilities exceeds its current market
value and that steps must be taken to unlock its unrecognized value for the
benefit of its shareholders.
    "Canyon has a wealth of mineral property interests and we believe that
the capital markets are overly discounting their potential market value,"
stated James Hesketh, President and CEO of the Company.
    The Company's primary goal is to re-establish gold production, either as
a mine operator, joint venture partner or as a royalty holder. In order to
achieve this goal, the Company will pursue either the sale or joint venture of
those property assets which are either considered non-core or that require
substantial capital to place into production. In the event of a sale of
mineral properties, the Company's plan is to hold an ongoing interest in the
form of either a joint venture position or a royalty.
    "We believe that the sale or joint venture of these properties will help
to unlock the fair value of these assets for our shareholders, while building
our treasury in order to fund the future growth of the Company," said Mr.
Hesketh. "This strategic direction will help us control the potential dilution
risk of developing these assets ourselves. Management has begun implementation
of this strategy."
    The Company plans to delay the recently announced underground test mining
at the Briggs Mine until the development can be funded through either a joint
venture or can be funded in a manner that would minimize further dilution to
our shareholders.
    Canyon controls the Briggs Gold Mine and four satellite deposits in
California; the Reward Gold Project near Beatty, Nevada; four gold exploration
properties also in Nevada, including the advanced stage Adelaide and Tuscarora
properties, and the Seven-Up Pete Gold Project near Lincoln, Montana. To date,
the Company has developed in-place mineralized material on its properties
containing over 1.9 million ounces of gold and substantial exploration
potential is believed to exist. Canyon has developed re-start and underground
test mining plans for its permitted Briggs Mine and is completing permitting
and feasibility study work on its Reward Project. Since 1996 at Briggs, the
Company has mined ores containing around 730,000 ounces of gold and has
reported reserves and remaining in-place mineralized material containing
approximately 840,000 ounces. The Company believes that this 1.6 million ounce
property has substantial potential for additional gold discovery.
    In addition to these assets, the Company is a carried partner on the Sand
Creek-Converse uranium exploration joint venture project in the Southern
Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Canyon owns over 900,000 acres of fee mineral
rights in the State of Montana that contain identified industrial mineral and
copper potential. Canyon also holds royalty interests on gold properties in
Montana, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. In addition, the Company is a
party to a takings suit against the State of Montana to recover value that was
lost with the McDonald Gold Project due to changes in legislation resulting
from an anti-cyanide ballot initiative.
    For additional information on Canyon Resources, please visit our website
    This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. Although we believe
that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are
reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be
correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than
our expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from these forward-looking statements include, among others: (1) that we might
not realize the benefits we are seeking from the revision of the Company's
strategic plan announced on September 5, 2007; (2) that our focus on
implementing the strategic plan might have a negative effect on our continuing
business and our relationships with our business partners; (3) that we may be
unable to find joint venture partners or that we may enter into sale or joint
venture transactions that could result in operating difficulties, losses and
other adverse consequences; (4) that our stock price has been volatile
historically and may continue to be volatile, which could limit our ability to
effectively implement the strategic plan; (5) that the price of gold has
historically been and may continue to be volatile; (6) that there are
potential operating risks of mining; (7) that our estimates of mineralized
material and gold deposits may be incorrect; (8) that environmental and
governmental regulations may impede our operations; (9) that we may be unable
to secure financing on acceptable terms; (10) that ongoing litigation may not
be favorably resolved; and (11) that other risks described in the risk factors
contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
may materialize. Most of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to
control or predict. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and
uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from
management's expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of
all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in
conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors
included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,

    James Hesketh, President and CEO (303) 278-8464
    Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations (303) 278-8464

For further information:

For further information: James Hesketh, President and CEO, or Valerie 
Kimball, Investor Relations, both of Canyon Resources Corporation, 
+1-303-278-8464 Web Site:

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