Idaho April 18, 2019
You’ll Love Digging For Opals At This Unique Idaho Park
They don’t call us the Gem State just for kicks and giggles. Idaho is home to approximately 72 different kinds of gems and you can get your hands on some of your own when you visit this one-of-a-kind park. Hiding in Spencer, Idaho is an opal mine where visitors can come and try their luck at finding some precious stones as they dig for opals. Smashing away at rocks is certainly a unique way to spend the day and it’s bound to be fun for the whole family, no matter how old or young you are. This is a bucket list item you’ll definitely want to check off soon so take a look!
The small town of Spencer in eastern Idaho is often referred to as "The Opal Capital of America". After all, it's here you'll find the largest opal mine in the state—Spencer Opal Mine—where you can dig for your own opals.
Opals are the second largest contributor to the total value of gem material produced here in Idaho, and the Spencer Opal Mine is the largest producer in the state. Each year, the mine opens itself to visitors who would like to try their luck at digging for their own precious gems.
Rockhounds are welcome to check out the mini mine located right behind the Opal Country Cafe. Material is brought here from the main mine and visitors are welcome to dig to their heart's content! Be sure to bring eye protection, good shoes, and your own digging equipment (a hammer is recommended.)
Spencer Opal Mine usually opens in spring and remains open through fall. It's here that you'll find a variety of different types of opals, including Black Opal, Mexican Fire Opal, Precious Fire Opal, and White Opals—just to name a few.
The price for digging is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The fee includes access to the mini mine for the day and allows you to take home up to one pound of rocks. Kids under 5 years of age are unfortunately not allowed to dig.
Afterward, drop by the gift shop where you'll find all sorts of opal-related items for sale, such as handcrafted jewelry. The gift shop also contains a cafe where you can order up a hearty burger and fries—perfect after a long day's work.
If you're willing to put in the work and a little patience, then you're bound to walk away with some opals in your pocket. For more information about Spencer Opal Mine including information about their 2019 season, visit their website
What do you think? Will you attempt to dig for opals this year? For another unique rockhounding destination, check out
The One Place You Can Only Find This Incredibly Rare Gem In Idaho.