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Field Collecting and Mining Claims

I often get questions on Where can I go to go collecting and How does one go about getting a mining claim? Disclaimer: None of the following should be construed as giving permission to dig or collect for specimens on any property, private or Federal. Also, I am not an expert on mining law and laws are different for each State. The information provided should be considered a guide. If you have specific questions, check with the proper authority (such as the Forest Service or BLM) or a lawyer. Collecting access: Many fine mineral specimens can be recovered from open … Read more

Spring 2011 Mining at Topaz Mountain Gem Mine

We ran two separate times during 2011 with the excavator to dig up new gravel for screening. In April, the weather was unusually dry and we were able to bring in a John Deere 160. As a result, we had some large piles of gravel during the summer for guests to rake and find some great topaz. We have found the big machines can dig up and around the boulders in the alluvial terrace. We don’t have a screening plant so a couple of us watch as the machine piles up the gravel. Occasionally we find a stone or two, … Read more