High Desert Gold Announces the Staking of the Pinyon Claims Near Gold Springs ("GS") and the Approval from the Nevada BLM for Drill Plans at GS

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -03/19/12)- High Desert Gold Corporation (TSX-V: HDG.V - News)(OTCQX: HDGCF.PK - News) ("HDG" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Pinyon Project in Nevada through the staking of 182 Federal Lode claims covering approximately 1,500 hectares. The property is located adjacent to the Gold Springs Project which is in a 60/40 (HDG/PG) Joint Venture with Pilot Gold Inc. ("PG"). The Pinyon Project is 100% owned by the Company. The Pinyon Project was located as a result of follow-up investigations from the airborne ZTEM geophysical program conducted in 2011. (see HDG PR11-11, July 12, 2011) The Pinyon Project has many similar characteristics to the Gold Springs Project, with numerous low-sulfidation, epithermal veins and stockwork zones exposed in a large area of altered volcanic rocks.

The Company has traced gold bearing outcrop and float samples within the Pinyon claims for a distance of 5,700 metres with one zone of outcropping veins and altered andesite exposure covering an area of 1,500 x 700 metres, samples from which include a 3 metre chip sample assaying 1.972 g/t gold and 10.5g/t silver and a float sample of 5.826 g/t gold.

The total area at Gold Springs that includes both the Area of Interest ("AOI") with Pilot Gold and additional land controlled by the Company consists of approximately 9,200 hectares. The AOI includes approximately 5,900 hectares.

Ralph Fitch, President and CEO of the Company, states "The Pinyon Project represents an exciting new addition to the HDG portfolio, being 100% owned by the Company and located in an area where we have developed expertise and have had positive exploration results. We look forward to moving this project forward along with our focus property, Gold Springs. It is important to note that everywhere we have drilled plus one g/t gold surface mineralization at GS, we have found gold mineralization in the drill holes. We expect this relationship to hold true at the nearby Pinyon Project. We are also very pleased to report that the Company has received approval from the Nevada BLM office for a drill program in Nevada which will test several of our targets within the AOI. We are well set up with drilling approvals both in Nevada and Utah for our spring drilling program."

Initial work on the new target was interrupted by snow in early January but limited rock chip sampling has produced results ranging from less than 5 ppb to 12.246 ppm gold including:

 

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 Sample #     Description  Gold (gpt)  Silver (gpt)
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 33480       3 metre chip       1.972          10.5
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 33479              Float       5.826          24.0
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 33475       3 metre chip       1.033           6.0
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 33328              Float       1.757           2.2
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 33289     0.2 metre chip      12.246          81.7
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 54273     0.7 metre chip        3.73           3.8
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 33291     0.3 metre chip       2.669           5.3
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 33296              Float       3.151           2.2
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 33295              Float       1.292           5.4
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The Company plans to complete additional sampling and geologic mapping over the Pinyon claims once snow conditions allow with the intentions of developing drill targets for the 2012 field season.

HDG has entered into drill contracts for this coming year with plans to drill the Gold Springs project and possibly the Pinyon Project. The Company has submitted two Notices of Intent ("NOI") to the Nevada Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") for which it has received drilling approval. The Company will shortly be applying for additional drill permits in Nevada. In addition, the Utah BLM has approved a NOI which allows for continued drilling on the large Jumbo Zone ZTEM anomaly where the Company recently announced an estimated Inferred Resource using a 0.3 gold equivalent (AuEq(i)) g/t cut-off of 173,000 oz. gold at 0.57 g/t and 3.88 Moz of silver at 12.9 g/t, equivalent to 233,000 ounces of AuEq(i) at 0.77 g/t. (see HDG PR11-18, December 22, 2011). The Joint Venture has also recently acquired additional Utah State Trust Lands located along the Jumbo Zone anomaly and is in the process of applying for additional drilling permits from the State of Utah.

The Qualified Person on the Gold Springs property is Randall Moore, Executive Vice President of Exploration of High Desert Gold Corporation and he has reviewed and approved the content of this press release. Assays were performed in Reno, Nevada by Inspectorate Laboratories, an ISO 9001:2000 Certified laboratory. Gold was analyzed by fire assay of a 30 gram sample with an AA finish. Gold was analyzed by the Au-AA23 method, with values greater than 3 g/t re-assayed using Au- GRA21. All other elements were analyzed by the ME-MS41 method.

ABOUT HIGH DESERT GOLD

The Company is a mineral exploration company that acquires and explores mineral properties, primarily gold, copper and silver, in North America. The major properties held by HDG are its 60% interest in the Gold Springs gold project situated along the border between Utah and Nevada and the San Antonio project in Sonora, Mexico. The Company also has a 34.8% interest in the Canasta Dorada property in Sonora, Mexico, through its equity interest in Highvista Gold Inc. There has been insufficient exploration to define a property-wide mineral resource at Gold Springs or at San Antonio and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in additional targets at these two projects being delineated as a mineral resource.

(i) Gold equivalent (AuEq) calculations reflect gross metal content using metal prices of $1020/oz gold (Au), and $15.80/oz silver (Ag), and have not been adjusted for metallurgical recoveries.

Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements look into the future and provide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include words such as "will", "possibly", "in the process", "target", "plans", and similar expressions. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the continued advancement of the Gold Springs property. Information concerning mineral resource estimates and the interpretation of exploration results may also be considered forward-looking statements as such information constitutes a prediction of what mineralization might be found to be present if and when a project is actually developed. These forward- looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties. Actual results may materially differ from expectations, if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Factors that could cause results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, possible variations in mineral resources, grade, metal prices; the effect of capital market conditions and other factors on capital availability; availability of sufficient financing to fund planned or further required work in a timely manner and on acceptable terms; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; regulatory, environmental and other risks of the mining industry more fully described in the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis of Financial Position and Results of Operations, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Except as required by law, HDG assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact:

High Desert Gold Corporation
Richard Doran
Executive Vice President
(303) 584-0608
(303) 758-2063 (FAX)

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