Thursday, July 28, 2016

Idaho Is Called The Gem State for a Reason

Idaho isn't just referred to the Gem state because of its beautiful scenery. It is referred to as that because you can find actual gems! 

Outdoor Idaho shows you just what kind of gems can be found here in Idaho. Happy hunting! 



Here are some resources to go on your own rockhounding trip:

Emerald Creek Star Garnet:


Location: From Highway 3, turn on Road 447, just north of Clarkia. Follow signs to Emerald Creek. The parking lot is a half mile walk from the dig site, though you can open the gate and drive up for handicap accessibility.
Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm Friday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Season: Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12; Cash or check only

Clarkia Fossil Bowl:

Location: 52540 Highway 3, Clarkia, Idaho
Hours: Varies; Contact owner Kenneth Kienbaum at 208-245-3608 to set up a time
Cost: $10 per person; Cash only

Spencer Opal Mines:

Location: 27 Opal Way, Spencer, Idaho
Hours: Varies by season, but usually 9 to 5 for digging; closed on Wednesday. Hours are seasonal; Open April through November. Call ahead to make sure:
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 4-12 years old

Graveyard Pointe Plume Agate:

Location: Find directions in Garret Romaine’s “Rockhounding Idaho” or by calling your local gem and rock club.
Hours: n/a
Cost: No cost, though make sure to check with the Bureau of Land Management to avoid wandering onto someone’s mining claim.

Resources:

“Rockhounding Idaho” by Garret Romaine. Available at most local bookstores or online.
Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Free admission, regular field trips, and workshops for kids.
Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society. Monthly meetings, regular field trips. Located in Caldwell.
Idaho Gem Club. Monthly meetings, regular field trips. Located in Boise.

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



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