Virgin Valley Nevada Opal FEE DIG MINES
WHERE CAN I DIG FOR MY OWN OPALS AND GEMS? VIRGIN VALLEY, NEVADA ! There are 3 safe MSHA registered opal mines open to the public for fee digging where you can dig for YOUR OWN OPALS! These mines have produced the brightest, most colorful opals on the planet and some of the largest opals ever found came from Virgin Valley. Scroll down the page to see what each mine has to offer, a video of each mine, photos of their opals, and for their info and links to their websites where you can learn more. Plan your visit to Virgin Valley's famous opal mines today and try your luck!
This page is not managed by any of the fee dig mines and is provided as a courtesy. Please always call or contact each mine for their most current info.
The Royal Peacock Opal Mine has both Bank (unsearched Wall) and Tailings digging and also has a pay campground, cabins, & small shop near the mine. This is considered to be the BEST fee dig in the valley by many. It is owned and operated by the oldest family still in the valley today, the Wilson's, who are your friendly hosts. This is where the large 130 lb opal log was found in the 1990's by a fee digger and the mine has also produced many large black opals! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! More details can be seen on their website:
ROYAL PEACOCK OPAL MINE
Walt Wilson with 130 lb Opal!
Freda's Opal Log, Peacock Mines
Royal Peacock Black Opals
Royal Peacock Black Opal Gem
Customer find 2018
This spectacular opal was found at Royal Peacock by a customer in October 2018. When will you go to find yours?
The Black Peacock Opal
From the Royal Peacock Opal Mine, now in the Smithsonian Museum
The Shoe Virgin Valley Opal
Royal Peacock Opal Mine Fee Dig
Royal Peacock Mine Campground
The Tools You Need to dig opals
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Royal Peacock Mine Black Opal
BONANZA OPAL MINE
The Bonanza Opal Mine has tailings digging only. More details can be seen on their website:
Bonanza Opal Mine workings 2004
The Bonanza Opal Mine in 2004. Copyright Christopher N. Wentzell. Unauthorized use prohibited.
Bonanza Mine Black Opals
Bonanza Mine Opal
Bonanza Mine opals Virgin Valley
Bonanza Mine Black Opal
Irenes Delight Opal Bonanza Mine NV
Closeup of large Bonanza Opal
OPAL QUEEN MINE (Upper Claims)
CLAIMS PENDING SALE
CLOSED TO ANY DIGGING
This content (RR) removed 2/19/2020
Per Nevada Court Order:
DO NOT CONTACT Hodson's or Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine;
DO NOT GO TO Hodson's /