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"Once in a lifetime"

Or going there once is more than adequate. Pretty pricey and you are not at the mine. The mine is a... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good0%
  • Average17%
  • Poor23%
  • Terrible11%
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26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA
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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

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

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

1  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

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

2  Thank Chris101264
Reviewed 23 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

4  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

11  Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 21 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

3  Thank Travelsalot411
Reviewed 4 January 2015

My wife and I visited the Himalaya Mine last week, 12/30/14, paid the $75 each and didn't find anything. We could have gone online and bought tourmaline for less. I asked the nice young lady working there how many people were working up at the...More

9  Thank Benson P
Reviewed 6 November 2014

The kids had a few days off and the wife had to work. What to do... Yes, dig in the dirt! My two kids 7 and 9 at the time spent two days filling buckets, filtering, and cleaning a ton or so of material. My...More

2  Thank BigCavePlug
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Ilana S
12 October 2015|
Response from Ilana S |
It's for plasure not for business. Ilke stones.