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Topaz Mountain Adventures

#185 of 498 Tours in Utah
Utah, USA
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About Topaz Mountain Adventures
Would you like a new type of vacation? Topaz Mountain Adventures is offering a true mining experience similar to what the old prospectors did! Come with us to look for your own gem stones. You can collect up to museum quality Topaz in a freshly blasted open quarry! You may arrive early enough to participate with our crew to drill the holes for the explosives and watch the explosives detonated!
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Mark G wrote a review Sep 20
Logan, Utah3 contributions1 helpful vote
$95 for something that used to be free. Everything wrong with America in one sentence. Don't give these bloodsuckers a nickel and starve them out. Hike around the claim and find the free stuff.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jason wrote a review Sep 1
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I'm writing this review having spent about a week and a half digging around the Thomas Range for topaz, red beryl, and other minerals, and having spent 4 days digging with Topaz Mountain Adventures. The rocks at the pay-to-dig quarry contain some of the best, clearest, largest topaz crystals in the area. If you want to find large, clear, sherry-colored topaz crystals, it makes sense to pay to dig here. The same goes for if you're passing through and only want to spend a day to find some pretty topaz. You can drive up, hop out of the car, get a tutorial from Ronda, and start finding great topaz crystals. You can also dig through the scree at the blast site for loose crystals freed by blasting -- I found some great loose ones here, and they still had good color because the regular blasting exposes fresh material. I've spent several days scaling surrounding cliffs and hillsides. There's plenty of topaz to be found for free around the claim. With some hard vertical hiking, you can collect a quart baggie of it in a day. Nearly all of it will be sun-bleached, sand-included, and smaller than the crystals at the claim. You can get nice colored crystals by attacking the hard rock, but they're still smaller and usually pretty sandy inside. None of the free-hunting topaz crystals touch the top ~10 I found at the claim. I get why some people leaving reviews here resent having to pay to dig, but you're paying to collect in the best area for topaz, in a spot where someone's taken the hill apart for you with dynamite. The host rhyolite is extremely hard; it's not easy to break down cliff faces or boulders on your own. The blasting creates manageable chunks of fresh rock. It is, frankly, worth paying for. Even if you plan to spend a week or two in the area, I would highly recommend paying to dig at the quarry for at least a day. Probably a few. If you spend a day at the quarry and a few days on the slopes, you'll see what I mean. Ronda can also point you to the closest red beryl spot. She saved us at least a few days of hard exploring, and it was in a tough spot high on the mountain I don't know we would have found without her help. You'll want to bring a rock pick with a point to dig through rocks and flip them around, and a 2+ lb sledge hammer for splitting. I have chisels, but preferred my rock pick as a chisel for the sledge hammer here. Bring graduated sifters if you want to go for the red beryl. And be prepared to carry them...up. Protip: calcite can be removed with muriatic acid.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kendall H wrote a review Jul 2020
Provo, Utah2 contributions
My family of 5 had a great time rockhounding for Topaz with Rhonda. She was super kind and helpful and, despite the intense sun and heat (July is a really hot time there), we had some great finds and made some good memories. The kids (13, 10, 7) wilted in the heat pretty quickly, but we still got in a couple of hours before they huddled under the shade. They each found something and had a good time.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Xaby1 wrote a review Jul 2020
California37 contributions25 helpful votes
Our family arranged for a private blast at the mine in early July.  We had a fantastic time and I highly recommend the private blast, we found so many gorgeous topaz crystals  I was a little hesitant to spend the large amount of money for the blast (there are a couple negative reviews that made me worry a bit) but it was worth it and I am so happy that we did.  It is untrue that the blast cleaves all of the topaz crystals, we found plenty of complete crystals and even more pristine crystals in all of the voids that were exposed by the blast.  It is true that they don't let you collect on the freshly blasted surface but that is because it is on a steep and slippery rock face and would be unsafe to do so.  Anyway, we had more than enough gem-filled rock from the blast to keep us busy all day (you smash rock from the blast into smaller pieces hoping to expose more gem vugs, the blast does the hard work of reducing the wall into workable chunks).  Rhonda was a friendly and knowledgeable host for our visit.  There is a small store at the base of the quarry with cold drinks, otter pops and a very clean port-a-potty.  I can't wait to come back and do this experience again, I have been collecting minerals for the past 30 years and it was a thrill to be able to find sparkling gem crystals for ourselves.  I posted pictures of the 2 best crystals that we found but we also found many, many more smaller gemmy crystals and brought home a huge cooler and several small boxes full of topaz matrix specimens.     
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Date of experience: July 2020
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mineral wrote a review Nov 2019
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September 2019 we booked a guided blasting tour with Topaz Mtn Adventures to collect some topaz crystals from this famous location. There was indeed a blast; however, more a show effect than efficient. Moreover, some of the loose rocks were thrown down from the blasting cite and ONLY these rocks or those on the dump we were allowed to break open. Collecting at the actual blasting area was forbidden, which was most disappointing. Therefore, we were not able to collect any good material worth the money we had invested prior to our tour: 650 USD. If you are a serious mineral collector, I cannot recommend this tour at all!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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