gem hunt usa
September 10, 2007 10:36 AM Subscribe
Where are good places to hunt for gems in the USA? Opals are a current interest, but I'm flexible.
posted by Jacen to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I have some spare weekends (thursday after noon through sunday) time, and am considering making a 'day trip' to hunt gems. I know opals can be found in western USA, and those are the ones I am currently most curious about, but like I said, any other options that are more fascinating may be a choice. So,
1) Where and what should I hunt for? Some considerations- I'll most likely be driving, and driving solo, and would prefer to keep costs down as much as possible. Camping, probably.
1B) I know North Carolina has some good gem mines, but I've been there before.
2) Now that I know what to hunt, (probably opals) what are some good places? Personal experiances, recomendations, tips on striking it 'rich', costs of various places, camping grounds nearby?
3) What should I bring? Aside from water and camping gear.
4) What other road-trip type options are along the route. IE, if I'm going west from Texas, would it be worthwhile to also stop in at the Grand Canyon?