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Take shade and water.

It is an awesome place. Have been there for several years. Some times you find big and sometimes... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Ronie W
Be prepared!

You'll take a pretty long drive down a gravel road to get to the opal mines, including Rainbow... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2017
Portland, Oregon
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3 Apr 2018
“Take shade and water.”
30 Jul 2017
“Be prepared!”
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Denio, NV 89404
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

It is an awesome place. Have been there for several years. Some times you find big and sometimes you don't. Tailings have already been gone thru. Still some that have been missed. Virgin load is the way to go. Great place.

1  Thank Ronie W
Reviewed July 30, 2017

You'll take a pretty long drive down a gravel road to get to the opal mines, including Rainbow Ridge. Rainbow Ridge is well developed with a gift shop, etc. There are others out there that are not as developed and you should visit, too. Check...More

5  Thank P4284JBdavidl
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Don't waste your time or money! Worked 7 hrs. On tailings and got basically Nothing! June 18th, 2017.

5  Thank Diana W
Reviewed July 11, 2016

This was a great experience for us. Although it is not what we thought it would be like the experience was great. The guide was helpful and we did find some pieces. The free campground was nice and rustic. The hot spring was neat. There...More

4  Thank kathyfF6640HG
Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Rainbow Ridge Opal mine is a unique one of a kind experience. The opportunity to look for black opal is very rare. The owner, Glen, truly cares about customer service and wants you to have a great experience. It's a Gem of a Find!

4  Thank carl_tahoe
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Be prepared for serious heat and maybe some wind and dust. Take an umbrella to mine to stay in shade and drink lots of water. May find some good opals to keep and talk about for years to come. If you find any opal there,...More

6  Thank Lyle J
Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Can't say enough great things about Glen and Donna's hospitality at Rainbow Ridge. This summer marked our 2nd visit to the mine. While there are several mines in the Virgin Valley (we researched the all) in our book there is only one. Each time we...More

5  Thank ValerieErin
Reviewed May 26, 2015

We did the tailing and found small opals. We did this for the experience and fun. The people at the mine are wonderful and thank goodness there is an indoor shower and restroom! We were in luck with the rockhound group coming at the same...More

1  Thank Quyen N
Reviewed May 10, 2015

Fees for digging are fair for what you get. Check their web page for current info. The Hodsons and crew are friendly and helpful. Buying a front loader scoop will get you opal but there are no guarantees on quality or quantity.

6  Thank destravlr
Reviewed January 26, 2014

There are a number of opal mines in Denio. We live in Connecticut and I knew this might be our only chance to dig opals there. I was so happy that we chose Rainbow Ridge! The way it is done there is that you can...More

16  Thank Peter K
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Richard M
October 6, 2017|
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Response from P4284JBdavidl | Reviewed this property |
You need to be aware that around September, most of these folks shut down for the winter. They do various gem shows and work stones, etc. We went in July. It's hot, but assuming you have a/c in the car, no big deal.