USA Rock, Gem, Mineral & Crystal Fee Dig (pay-to-dig) sites
You might ask, "where can I dig for gems and minerals" in the US? There are a number of public fee (pay to dig) sites in the USA, listed below, where the public can dig and search for gems, minerals, crystals, agates, and more. You can find Opals, Diamonds, Tourmaline, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Aquamarine, Topaz, and more! Sites are listed by State. States are listed in Alphabetical order, so you can scroll down or use the QUICK LINKS to the LEFT of this page for each state. Each Mine listed below has different owners/operators, seasons/hours, access and fees. Go to the links provided for each site for more information. If you visit a site, feel free to post photos and information ON OUR FORUM (LINK HERE) so others can decide if they also want to visit the location.
LINKS LAST UPDATED JULY 2017, please check back......
in the meantime, check out the new dig site locator at My Rock Hub (click logo link below):
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, some links are working, and yet others need to be added. If you have a fee dig site and would like to be listed here, please CONTACT US with your website page or facebook address. Our conditions for being listed on this page: The material from your dig or screening site MUST be 100% NATURAL and NATIVE to the mine, site or area. NO SALTING OUTSIDE MATERIAL.
MINING AMERICA on Youtube- Videos of numerous Fee Dig experiences. We LOVE this channel- check it out!!! Please help support MINING AMERICA if you can via the links in his videos.
ANOTHER GOOD SITE WITH INFORMATION IS MYROCKHUB.COM. CLICK HERE OR LOGO BELOW FOR LINK.
It lists both rock shops and Fee Dig Sites. This site is managed by MRH in association w/ Rock & Gem Magazine. As always, check current information and always call ahead of your trip.
ANOTHER GOOD SITE WITH INFORMATION IS FINDINGROCKS.COM. CLICK HERE FOR LINK. As always, check current information to make sure it is not outdated. Furthermore, if you are NOT digging at fee dig sites, you need to check out land status and make sure that the area you will be digging is not already claimed, on private property, etc. etc.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN AND NEIGHBOR, AND FOLLOW THE "GOLDEN RULES" OF ROCKHOUNDING AND MINING (ie, the CODE OF ETHICS as found at the AFMS website), listed below!!!
I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owned land without permission from the owner.
I will keep informed on all laws, regulations or rules governing collecting on public lands and will observe them.
I will, to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
I will use no firearms or blasting material in collecting areas.
I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind such as fences, signs, buildings, etc.
I will leave all gates as found.
I will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
I will discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes, etc.
I will fill all excavation holes which may be dangerous to livestock.
I will not contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
I will cause no willful damage to collecting material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
I will support the rockhound project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
I will cooperate with field-trip leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
I will report to my club or federation officers, Bureau of Land Management or other authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other materials on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations for public educational and scientific purposes.
I will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
I will observe the "Golden Rule", will use Good Outdoor Manners and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.
Revised July 7, 1999 at the AFMS Annual Meeting