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great experience!

We had a great time this weekend and found quite a few tourmaline. We are just getting into to the... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
chana g
A bit pricey

You can buy buckets of tailings from the mine. Occasionally, you will find a piece of nice... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Russell B
San Diego, California
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This privately owned mine extracts valuable pink tourmaline from underneath the desert floor.
26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070-9663
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

It's a dig and very good. Especially if you are into gems. They are incredibly knowledgeable. It very fun for young children too.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank James L
Reviewed 13 February 2018

We had a great time this weekend and found quite a few tourmaline. We are just getting into to the whole gem hunting/ rock hounding so it was a great 1st time learning experience for us. You are outdoors with fresh air in a nice...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank chana g
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Or going there once is more than adequate. Pretty pricey and you are not at the mine. The mine is a couple of miles away. The must use a dump truck and bring in piles of dirt and "gems." When we got there we had...More

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank mikins55
Reviewed 8 April 2017

You can buy buckets of tailings from the mine. Occasionally, you will find a piece of nice tourmaline. I did not find anything worth the total price of the bucket. It would be nice if you could see the inside of the mine or there...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Russell B
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Do not go if you are expecting to find something of value. We preordered and purchased two "gem quality" bags. We also stayed and paid for 5 hours of "digging." We found more with the dig, which wasn't a lot, than with the gem quality...More

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 13 March 2016

Three generations (ages 7-65) from three parts of California (Elk Grove, Lemoore, and San Diego) enjoyed our day tremendously. Grandma started emailing Jessica a few weeks before the trip, and received helpful, courteous, prompt replies. The drive from San Diego was beautiful, taking about an...More

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank Lindsey H
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Traveling North from San Diego, we made our way to the Himalaya MIne. Follow the directions on their web site and check into the little store at the Lake Resort (they will give you the code to raise the gate to enter the resort area...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank Chris101264
Reviewed 22 February 2015

I knew up front it was going to be a salted pile of tailings that had been previously sifted for the good stuff. If you speak of salting it's as if you have said there is no Santa Claus. If you are looking to make...More

Date of experience: November 2014
7  Thank Greg W
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Don't use your GPS to find this place or if you do, don't put in Himalaya Mine. We did and got lost for 5 hours on a mountain which takes you to the actual mine and you can't get in there. So, if you must...More

Date of experience: December 2014
11  Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 20 January 2015

We guess that people just believe that gemstones like panning for gold is in abundance and just waiting to be discovered. The reality is that if you stick with it you will have great fun doing it while possibly finding some great stones; some gem...More

Date of experience: July 2014
3  Thank Travelsalot411
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Ilana S
12 October 2015|
Response from Ilana S |
It's for plasure not for business. Ilke stones.