Dig For Eight Different Types Of Authentic Gemstones At Topaz Mountain In Utah

Some adventurous people need guaranteed results for their efforts. Others find enough satisfaction in the attempt, regardless of the outcome. Searching for Utah’s state gem on the namesake Topaz Mountain in the desert, about 35 miles northwest of the town of Delta, is potentially a rewarding quest for everyone. Veteran rock hounds and novices alike can enjoy the pursuit of topaz and other gems. The additional seven gems to be found are red beryl, amethyst, garnet, pseudobrookite, bixbyite, opal, and hermatite, according to the Utah Geological Survey.

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The Utah Geological Survey, part of the Division of Natural Resources, provides directions to the most popular digging site. From the centrally-located town of Nephi on Interstate 15, travel 33 miles southwest on State Highway 132 to Lynndyl. Turn south on U.S. Highway 6, and drive approximately five miles. Turn west on Brush Wellman Road, and travel 38 miles until you reach the Topaz Mountain sign. Turn north on the dirt road and drive about two miles, then turn west toward Topaz Mountain. More information is available on the Utah Geological Survey website.




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