Located in White Pine County about 10 miles northwest from Ely in the Eagan Mountains is Garnet Hill. This gem mountain earned its name from the locals because of its popularity among rock hounds. Ely’s history is as a mining town, and this nationally known site is famous for its dark garnets found in flow-banded rhyolitic volcanic rock. This publicly-designated rock-hunting area is approximately two square miles and was designated as such in 1970. With a little luck and some persistence, both beginner and experience rock hounds can find beautifully dark garnets in this gorgeous area.

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For more information, please call (775) 289-1800. Admission to the area is always free.

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