WELCOME to VIRGIN VALLEY OPAL MINES.... Located on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge near Denio in northwestern Nevada, Virgin Valley is home of America's most famous precious opal deposits that produce the world's brightest Black, Crystal, Fire, and other opal types. Opals were discovered here in 1905 and opal mining predates the Wildlife Refuge. There are 3 pay-to-dig (fee dig) sites open to the public in the valley where you can mine and dig for your own opals! Occasionally a good opal mine or claim is for sale and this website is dedicated solely to Virgin Valley Opal: the mines, the history, the opals, and everything related to Virgin Valley Opals and the Mining District. Visit Virgin Valley and dig for your own opal today! The opal fee dig mines generally open in late May and close in September/October. The Royal Peacock Mine is the overall favorite mine in the valley (with both bank and tailings digging) and has a pay campground with amenities. The Sheldon Refuge offers many recreational opportunities for the visitor.
Opal Mining Claims for sale and lease:
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This website is not managed by any of the fee dig mines. For questions about the individual mines or fee digs, please contact each mine separately using the contact information provided on our fee digs page. Thanks!