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Address: 26439 Hwy 76, Santa Ysabel, CA

This privately owned mine extracts valuable pink tourmaline from underneath...

This privately owned mine extracts valuable pink tourmaline from underneath the desert floor.

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Don't use GPS!

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 January 2015
Elizabeth M
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Mobile, Alabama
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles 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 bags. They bring the tailings to an area outside a campground. Mine is 16 miles... More 

Thank Barbara W
Lemoore, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 hour and a half. Larissa at the site was friendly, fun, knowledgeable, helpful, and sweet... More 

2 Thank Lindsey H
Palo Alto, California
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119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 and mine spot). We checked in with our family (Mom, Dad, and 3 kids ages... More 

1 Thank Chris101264
South Jordan, UT
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 a great find you're in the wrong place. Buy some Tourmaline from a shop if... More 

4 Thank Greg W
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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338 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 use a smart phone or GPS, type in Lake Henshaw Resort which will bring you... More 

11 Thank Elizabeth M
Las Vegas
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 quality some rough. The guide was top notch as she had an extensive knowledge of... More 

1 Thank Travelsalot411
Denver, Colorado, United States
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 mine and she said 6 so they must pulling gems out in order to make... More 

7 Thank Benson P
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 son found a nice piece of rubelite about 1.5 cm on a side. My daughter... More 

2 Thank BigCavePlug
Issaquah, Washington
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

The thought of mining tourmaline was very attractive for my wife, and since we were already visiting the observatory at Palomar Mountain. the mine was just another 14 miles. Upon arrival we were stunned by the entrance fee: $100 / person / day. Since we were arriving 2 hours before they close, they gave us a special rate of $50... More 

1 Thank Larry_in_Issaquah
Oak Harbor, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

I have been to the Himalaya few times. No one trip was the same. On my very first trip out I found my largest Tourmaline at 181 grams it is a round about 2 inches in diameter and an inch thick. I remember finding this piece very well. I had already filled my bucket from the pile and simply picked... More 

8 Thank Bretian

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