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Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop

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You can find lots of pretty rocks.

We went here in the afternoon and spent about 2-3 hours here. We got one Spokane bag and shared it... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2017
reef2ajay
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Portland, Oregon
Really Hot Day, but they keep you cool

A fun day of sapphire hunting. The temp was literally 100 degrees the day we went. There are... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2017
berly24
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Mpls.
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5360 Castles Rd, Helena, MT 59602-6423
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

I have visited several places in Montana that offer bags of pebbles you can sift through searching for sapphires. This one is the very best. We took our friend there so she could experience doing something distinctly of the beaten path and really fun. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Kay B
Reviewed July 24, 2018

This is a great spot to take out of town visitors or children. The staff will help you with everything and show you what to look for in your precious gravel. Everyone always finds something; often real treasures. The ride out and the scenery there...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

I took my kids and their cousins out there while on a trip to Helena for a Family Reuinion. I got the $75 bag for them to share. I think they each came away with maybe one or two sapphires, none of them big enough...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank kruzr
Reviewed September 13, 2017

We gug ore where they told us to and found very little. purchased a 30# bag labeled ML( supposed to be the best ore) for $100 and found some very tiny sapphires. Kinda like going to a casino and losing your money but you do...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Leonard S
Reviewed July 25, 2017

We went here in the afternoon and spent about 2-3 hours here. We got one Spokane bag and shared it between the two of us (myself and my 13 yr old son). He got tired after about 3 trays. So I did the rest. The...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank reef2ajay
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

A fun day of sapphire hunting. The temp was literally 100 degrees the day we went. There are tables in the shade and water misters overhead to keep you cool. You can buy a bag to mine for either 50, 75, or 100 dollars.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank berly24
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

Mining was a super neat and unique experience. The staff was so helpful and nice. We went up the hill and got our own bucket at first. Although we were unsuccessful in finding gems with our first go around it was still a great experience...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank FlossyAnne97
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

We went in late May and sifted through a bag of "concentrate" from the El Dorado Bar. The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed playing in the rocks. We found a few sapphires, about 5 were big enough to have cut. These aren't high quality...More

Date of experience: May 2016
8  Thank kshea052016
Reviewed September 18, 2016

A 20 minute or so drive outside of Helena, Montana will get you to the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine shop where, for a fee, you'll be able to purchase a sack of sapphire gravel from one of the company's operational mines. Then it's just a...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Writetrak
Reviewed August 23, 2016

My son and I had a great day picking through our rocks, we even found several rough sapphirestart and garnets! The staff was friendly and informative about the history of the area and how to effectively go through our rock dig. Will definitely go back!

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Shawna M
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