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An “Adventure”

This was definitely an adventure. The mine is in a remote location about 25 miles outside of... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Sunstones a plenty!

They have a descent rock shop in their office at the mine The wife and I spent the afternoon... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Rik M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

This was definitely an adventure. The mine is in a remote location about 25 miles outside of Plush, OR – most of that on gravel roads. There is limited signage, but directions on the website were adequate to get us there (although our odometer readings...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Arrived 10:00am and it was a ghost town. No one around so we walked around a bit. Finally a young girl came out reeking of alcohol and said they had a big party and everyone was hungover. We wanted to do the belt run but...More

Date of experience: October 2017
7  Thank Shelley M
Reviewed 4 July 2017

They have a descent rock shop in their office at the mine The wife and I spent the afternoon mining ore. The price was 150.00 for one bucket load. It takes about three to four hours for two people to sift thru that much ore....More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Rik M
Reviewed 10 July 2016

After paying a pretty descent amount of money to work our tails off for 2 days sorting through piles of dirt they brought us, we sure didn't come home with much value. The majority of the stones we found were smaller and yellow to colorless....More

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank scubababe97
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Great time digging sunstones with my son whose 8. Stay nearby in hotel in Lakewood or drive to the hot springs on top of hart mountain to camp and soak. Our fourth time digging and we always come away with jewelry quality gems

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank davidhD9129AQ
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

We were never charged for part of our excursions and about 3 months later we got a call asking if it was ok to bill our card $200 for the amount they failed to charge us back in July. My wife and own a business...More

Date of experience: July 2015
7  Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Fun and Happy folks giving regular folks the experiance of the life of the gemstone miner. The belt runs are amazingly fun and productive.Got to love and appreciate the staff and managment!

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank steven a a
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

They graciously let my soon dig for sunstones on his own. It was a great experience for him to learn about geology and the hard work involved in uncovering a hidden treasure. Make sure to bring supplies for digging and plenty of water as there...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Silasmommy
Reviewed 3 October 2014

Looking for a different activity? This could be it. Go to Spectrum Mine, and dig with the actual miners, keeping all that you find! You can buy a run of processed ore and just pick the keepers off the belt (easiest and fastest), you can...More

Date of experience: October 2014
3  Thank Omillett
Reviewed 12 October 2013

We went to the mine with no previous experience and had fun! The folks running the place were friendly and helpful. I would go back and probably pay for a site with higher quality and more sun stones but since our free digging wasn't yielding...More

Date of experience: October 2013
3  Thank elenicnm
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Rebecca H
20 August 2018|
Response from scubababe97 | Reviewed this property |
There are no sunstone mines near Salem. They are all in one centralized location in Eastern Oregon (outside Plush, which is near Lakeview) it's about a 6 hour drive from Salem.
Viktor K
7 September 2017|
Response from Rik M | Reviewed this property |
No. I traveled in a Hyundai Elantra. Did fine. It might be required if heavy rain.
8 August 2016|
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Response from davidhD9129AQ | Reviewed this property |
I have sprint and was able to get spotty service on some of the higher bluffs in the area.