MUST CALL FOR RESERVATION
- Phone: 775-941-0270
- Web site: http://www.nevadaopal.com/season.html
- Length of Vacation: Day Trip
- Cost: $100 tailing fee per person per day (see website for details)
- Open: Seasonal (May – Sept: see website)
- Type of Prospecting: Opal
- Equipment: Bring your own, they have list on their website
- Instruction: First timers will be given some help in getting them started
- Lodging: Link on website for nearby lodging and accommodations
- Meals: Bring your own
From their web site:
Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine is located in Northwest Nevada, approximately 135 miles from Winnemucca, Nevada, and approximately 100 miles from Lakeview, OR. The closest town is Denio, NV, which is 35 miles away. Denio Junction has reopened and food, fuel and rooms are available. We recommend that you fill up in either Lakeview or Winnemucca on your way out to the mine. All roads to the mine are blacktop, except for the last 7.5 miles, which are gravel and dirt. During wet weather, the last couple of miles is very bad, and should not be attempted, (looking for opal in wet or very overcast weather is not good anyway).
The opals from Rainbow Ridge are casts after wood, and are some of the most beautiful opals in the world. We offer tailings digging where many different wood and opal combinations may be found. The tailings are up to eight feet deep. We turn the tailings from time to time, and are constantly adding to the tailings from the virgin ground loads. The virgin ground loads are materials taken from the bank with the loader, and are worked on a flattened area near where you park. Everything you find, regardless of value, is yours to keep. Although luck plays a part in finding opals, an “educated” eye is very helpful. First timers will be given some help in getting them started.