Mineral Collecting

Experience the thrill of exploring and collecting native copper in your own private ore pile.

 

Come and enjoy the fresh mountain air and cool breeze as you dig through a 3 cubic yard ore pile reserved just for you.

 

Our knowledgeable staff will host your group in a fun day of discovery beginning at 10:30 am with a brief history of the Caledonia Mine, including geology, identification of minerals, collecting techniques, and ending with safety information and requirements.

 

  Your dig begins at your ore pile, where you will have four hours to dig, pick, metal detect and wash your way to collecting native copper, silver ,datolite, and other minerals. We allow each group to use a bucket, 2 rock hammers, tool hoe, and pick.

 

We ask that you bring your own eyewear with side protection and closed toed shoes.

 

If you choose not to bring your own or you foget, we have eyewear at the mine for purchase.

 

Metal detectors are also available for a rental fee, first come first served.

 

Advanced reservations are required.  $200 per family or 4 people per pile.

 

Please see our store for reservations day and time availability.

 

 

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Mineral Collecting

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