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Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine

Denio, NV 89404
+1 775-941-0270
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Be prepared!

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

Reviewed 30 July 2017
David L
Portland, Oregon
Opal mining at Rainbow Ridge Opal mine.

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

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Diana W
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30 Jul 2017
“Be prepared!”
20 Jun 2017
“Opal mining at Rainbow Ridge Opal mine.”
Denio, NV 89404
+1 775-941-0270
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Reviewed 30 July 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

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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

2  Thank Diana W
Reviewed 11 July 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

3  Thank kathyfF6640HG
Reviewed 7 June 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 13 May 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 29 June 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 26 May 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 10 May 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 26 January 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
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Who says opal mining isn't for children? We take the kids because they have better eyesight than us grownups! Truthfully, we started going because of a treasure hunting show on cable TV. Our son said he wanted a treasure hunting family vacation. Opal mining wasn't...More

14  Thank Becky E
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Richard M
6 October 2017|
Response from David L | 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.