The Best Places to Go Gem Hunting

Haven’t had a treasure hunt in a long time? Gem hunting might bring you the fortune that you are seeking. It is not hard to plan a gem hunting trip. All you need is some company and a book to detect any precious gems among the rocks. There are many geologically rich destinations where you can find enough gemstones and minerals to build a fortune or at least pay for the trip. These locations are not bound to any government or private authority, so you also do not need to worry about any complications. You can have a good time gem hunting, and at the end of the day, everything you find will be yours. Here are the places for gem hunting that you should try out visiting.

Turquoise, Royston

Turquoise, Royston

You can hunt for this blue-green gem called Turquoise in a fun adventure at the Royston Mine in Tonopah. The mine is owned by the Otteson family which is one of the few remaining mining families of the state. There is also a jewellery store near the mine, which can turn your Turquoise into well-shaped jewellery. You need to bring your own sunscreen and digging equipment. The digging is limited to 3 hours, and only one bucket is allowed per person to give equal opportunities for every visitor.

Gold, Roaring Camp

This gold mine is near the Mokelumne River, which was first a camp for gold prospectors(Must Watch). You can visit the operating gold mine and get yourself involved in gold-digging, panning, dredging, and dry washing. Even families can have a good time mining and involving in other activities, such as rafting, camping, fishing, and hiking. There is also a Saturday cookout event, museum tour, and lessons on panning for gold.

Gold, Roaring Camp

Opals, Bonanza Opal Mine

Visit the Bonanza Opal Mine to hunt for fire opals. This mine has been operating since the early 1900s. The mining season is hosted from May to September which can get pretty humid. Carry the right equipment, a hat to keep your head coo, sunscreen, and plenty of water. You also need to bring a small bucket to collect your finds. Bring all the necessary food as the camp is isolated and does not provide such facilities.

Thunder Eggs/Geodes, Rockhound State Park

New Mexico provides a profitable digging session in the Rockhound State Park which is known for thundereggs. The thundereggs a.k.a geodes looks like muddy rocks which can be popped open for valuable crystals. You can find amethyst, rose quartz, and hematite. You need to look for spherical rocks with cauliflower-like texture. Those will be the most promising ones that you can break open to reveal a precious stone. The visitors are allowed to take up to 15 lbs back home to add to their collection.