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Address: 26439 Hwy 76, Santa Ysabel, CA
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Description: This privately owned mine extracts valuable pink tourmaline from...
This privately owned mine extracts valuable pink tourmaline from underneath the desert floor.
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Don't use GPS!

Don't use your GPS to find this place or if you do, don't put in Himalaya Mine. We did and got lost for 5 hours on a mountain which takes you to the actual mine and you can't get... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Elizabeth M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Palo Alto, California
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110 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Traveling North from San Diego, we made our way to the Himalaya MIne. Follow the directions on their web site and check into the little store at the Lake Resort (they will give you the code to raise the gate to enter the resort area and mine spot). We checked in with our family (Mom, Dad, and 3 kids ages... More 

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South Jordan, UT
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I knew up front it was going to be a salted pile of tailings that had been previously sifted for the good stuff. If you speak of salting it's as if you have said there is no Santa Claus. If you are looking to make a great find you're in the wrong place. Buy some Tourmaline from a shop if... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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158 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Don't use your GPS to find this place or if you do, don't put in Himalaya Mine. We did and got lost for 5 hours on a mountain which takes you to the actual mine and you can't get in there. So, if you must use a smart phone or GPS, type in Lake Henshaw Resort which will bring you... More 

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Las Vegas
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60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We guess that people just believe that gemstones like panning for gold is in abundance and just waiting to be discovered. The reality is that if you stick with it you will have great fun doing it while possibly finding some great stones; some gem quality some rough. The guide was top notch as she had an extensive knowledge of... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I visited the Himalaya Mine last week, 12/30/14, paid the $75 each and didn't find anything. We could have gone online and bought tourmaline for less. I asked the nice young lady working there how many people were working up at the mine and she said 6 so they must pulling gems out in order to make... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The kids had a few days off and the wife had to work. What to do... Yes, dig in the dirt! My two kids 7 and 9 at the time spent two days filling buckets, filtering, and cleaning a ton or so of material. My son found a nice piece of rubelite about 1.5 cm on a side. My daughter... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The thought of mining tourmaline was very attractive for my wife, and since we were already visiting the observatory at Palomar Mountain. the mine was just another 14 miles. Upon arrival we were stunned by the entrance fee: $100 / person / day. Since we were arriving 2 hours before they close, they gave us a special rate of $50... More 

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I have been to the Himalaya few times. No one trip was the same. On my very first trip out I found my largest Tourmaline at 181 grams it is a round about 2 inches in diameter and an inch thick. I remember finding this piece very well. I had already filled my bucket from the pile and simply picked... More 

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We had been wanting to go gem digging and we had planned a trip to Oceanview but they are only open on the weekend and we needed a Friday adventure for my son's 9th bday. I read the reviews on here and they weren't stellar but we went anyway...so glad we did! It was us, another family and a couple... More 

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Santa Fe Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My family has been going to the mine for the past four years after we saw it near Julian, CA. We went there and to the Julian Mining Company. This place is the real deal, you are actually sifting through ore to find the gems. We have had good luck but it is hit and miss. Sometimes you get awesome... More 

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