Mining for Gems & Fossils

This is the outdoor sluice! There is also an indoor sluice for winter gem mining.
Gem Mining Sluice

Available Year-Round!

Park Hours:
9 am – 6 pm (May 1 – September 30)
10 am – 5 pm (October 1 – April 30)

Indoor Mining equipment
Indoor Gem Mining Sluice (Available in the Winter)

In the gift shop, you may purchase bags of Mining Rough that has been seeded with gemstones, minerals, fossils or arrowheads. Some rough contains emeralds!

Mining Rough ranges in weight from 3 to 20 pounds and prices range from $6.00 to $50.00. We supply all necessary equipment and supplies to make your mining experience an enjoyable one!

This is a very popular activity for groups, as miners learn how to pan for these specimens, identify what they find, and take home a nice collection. Entertaining and educational, Gem Mining is fun for all ages!

What Are People Saying About Us?

Do the combo pack; it is the best way to see the entire cavern. One is mostly history and the other is mostly formations but each gives you a different perspective. This is one of the most colorful caverns I have ever been in; it really is neat. Amie S.
Took the Natural wonder tour with a group on a 4H trip. Kids enjoyed the sites, staff was very friendly and tour guide was very good at keeping things interesting for the kids. Overall it was a good experience. Daniel C.