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Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop

Address: 5360 Castles Dr, Helena, MT
Phone Number: 406/227-8989
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Ranked #19 of 19 Attractions in Helena
Type: Mines, Cultural
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Loveland, Colorado, Usa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I had promised my kids that I would take them to a Sapphire mine while visiting Helena, MT. I was somewhat worried about it being a tourist trap but was pleasantly surprised by the Spokane Bar Mine. We got there on Oct 1st so it was a little out of the tourist season. The staff, sorry I forgot their names,... More

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We went there expecting something different then last time. Not a single thing has changed. We bought a mother load and eldorado bag. Got 1 5ct gem outta the whole deal. Was not worth the trip. We were contemplating going to the mine this time around but alas it was rainy. Next time i pass through i might try the... More

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Woodstock, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I decided to try their mine run special for professionals. I paid for 40 yards of virgin material from their advertised spokane bar "Mother Load pit" they said averaged 40 cts per yard(no guarantees). The cost was $3000.00 for the material and processing etc. I got only 11.68 cts per yard far below their advertised average, and including the cost... More

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Hamilton, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My wife and I visited the Spokane Bar sapphire mine in Helena for our second visit. (First was about 4 years ago.) We purchased one bag of Spokane and one bag of the El Dorado concentrate. Each yielded about 12 carats of sapphires with none being really big. The guys are super friendly and helpful! This is a good time... More

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Ellensburg, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Educational/unique experience. Lots of hard work mining your own, but worth it. Found fossils, and beautiful Missouri river sapphires. Largest was 11 carats!

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Bellevue, Alberta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have been to this location before about 3 years ago and really didn;t know what to expect…But left feeling rather underwhelmed...Since then we have been to Philipsburg many times. We decided to go back to Spokane Bar and try again since now we knew what to expect. We were once again STUNNED by the prices of the gravels ranging... More

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Whitefish, Montana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I spent 3 hours sifting, shaking and rinsing strainers of pebbles looking for sapphires and garnets. I bought the "Mother Lode" 30 lb. bag ($100) and found 4 sizable sapphires and 2 garnets that totaled 10 carats plus lots of smaller ones for souvenirs. This is not a Disney operation, but a treat offered but real miners who mine for... More

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idahofalls
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

I would only recommend the mother load bag of concetraite me and my four kids and my wife each got a bag now I am totally addicted I have had four cut and have many many more waiting to be cut it was well worth the money the people that work there are very helpful and super friendly I go... More

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Helena, MT
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I've done sapphire mining in many other areas and know the going rate. You're going to pay $75 for a bag of dirt here and likely wont find a single gem in it. I hate to say this, but the man who was at the counter smelled so badly of B.O. you didn't want him to help you. (sorry if... More

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Helena, Montana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I took an out-of-state guest, as I thought sapphire mining would be both fun and make a great story when she got home. It was, and she did, but I didn't expect was to develop such a huge sapphire mining bug myself. We found quite a bit, including one that is too big to fit in through a 1/4 inch... More

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