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Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop

5360 Castles Dr, Helena, MT
406/227-8989
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Helena
Type: Mines
Most recent review
- Aug 17, 2014
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Ellensburg, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Montgomery, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 review
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Helena, Montana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Took my daughter In-Law and Granddaughter who were visiting from California to the Sapphire Mine and had a great time. We purchased a bag of gravel for $100 which Patrick said produced the most sapphires. We found 8 that were suitable to facet and about the same amount that were not quite as good but still worth keeping. Patrick was... More

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Raleigh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have been rock hounds for many years and we were excited to have a chance to find gem quality sapphires. We were not disappointed. The men who run the mine were very helpful- anyone can be a successful miner with their coaching. We went through 3 bags of gravel and got lots of stones,about 6 of... More

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Napa, California, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My parents and I were in Montana visiting family. I ran across an advertisement for a couple of these sapphire mines. We were in Helena so we decided to go to the Spokane Bar Mine. The drive down the long gravel road kind of built up the anticipation of getting to the mine. Pulled up to a small operation with... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

July 4th weekend with family. Purchased a concentrate bag. Sat down on the picnic tables they provide. Went through the bag. Found a few sapphires. Overall enjoyable. The store had a functioning soft drink machine. Bring your own lunch. They have air conditioned office room where they review the stones and covered porch. Would not recommend on rainy days.

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