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Montana Sapphires

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Montana Sapphires

Hi all we are going to GNP and YNP in June. Our time is limited as I already made reservations 3 in GNP and 3 in YNP then drive home. Basically we will be on I-90. I know Helena and Phillipsburg is where the mines are and such. But, I'd like to get a place just off of I90 without going that far off of I90... Thanks for any help I can get... OH what I want is the gravel bags to screen myself.. We've done this before and thats half the fun...

thanks

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1. Re: Montana Sapphires

Didn't you ask for this before? I don't know any places that do this in Montana.

Billings, Montana
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2. Re: Montana Sapphires

Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine

http://www.gemmountainmt.com/#

nevada-outback-gems.com/Rockhound/Montana-sa…

suite101.com/article/dig-for-sapphires-and-p…

http://www.yogogems.com/

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3. Re: Montana Sapphires

Do they have the bags of ore, Deb? I've never seen that, but I haven't looked very hard to be truthful. I've never seen any mines developed for tourists, just more serious rockhounds.

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4. Re: Montana Sapphires

I've never been to any of them but from the website it looks like Gem Mountain has a gravel wash trough for tourists. It also says it has "indoor gravel washing" and "bags to go" available.

My dad took the tour of the Yogo mine in Lewistown quite a few years back and said it was really interesting. Their website wasn't real clear on what type of activities they offer other than tours.

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5. Re: Montana Sapphires

I don't think I asked about this before... Anyhow I do know of places in Helena and Phillipsburg to get sapphire gravel in bags. but I didn't want to take the detour to these places to get it. I wanted to stay close to I-90 and hopefully get some close to that. I don't have any time between GNP and YNP so I may just have to try and go to Phillipburg on the way home.. Its quite out of the way to go there so I was trying for a closer place to I90

Thanks all

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6. Re: Montana Sapphires

Phillipsburg is only 30 miles off of I90......in Montana terms that is nothing. LOL....we've driven 60 miles just to eat lunch in Red Lodge.

You could easily fit in in between Glacier and Yellowstone by driving down Hwy 93 past Flathead Lake to Missoula. Get on I90 and drive until Drummond and take Hwy 1 the 30 miles to Phillipsburg. Continue on Hwy 1 ad get back on I90 west of Butte. That road is the Pintler Sceic Route and goes through some beautiful country.

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7. Re: Montana Sapphires

So true, Deb! We used to road trip from Bozeman down to Gardiner just to hit the hot pots for a few hours.

Someone recently did ask about the bagged gem ore. Hopefully they'll see this post.

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