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!

Walt Wilson with 130 lb Opal!

Freda's Opal Log, Peacock Mines

Freda's Opal Log, Peacock Mines

Royal Peacock Black Opals

Royal Peacock Black Opals

Royal Peacock Black Opal Gem

Royal Peacock Black Opal Gem

Customer find 2018

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

The Black Peacock Opal

From the Royal Peacock Opal Mine, now in the Smithsonian Museum

The Shoe Virgin Valley Opal

The Shoe Virgin Valley Opal

Royal Peacock Opal Mine Fee Dig

Royal Peacock Opal Mine Fee Dig

Royal Peacock Mine Campground

Royal Peacock Mine Campground

The Tools You Need to dig opals

The Tools You Need to dig opals

Almost there!  Turn HERE!!

Almost there! Turn HERE!!

Royal Peacock Mine Black Opal

Royal Peacock Mine Black Opal

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BONANZA OPAL MINE

The Bonanza Opal Mine has tailings digging only. More details can be seen on their website:

Bonanza Opal Mine workings 2004

Bonanza Opal Mine workings 2004

The Bonanza Opal Mine in 2004. Copyright Christopher N. Wentzell. Unauthorized use prohibited.

Bonanza Mine Black Opals

Bonanza Mine Black Opals

Bonanza Mine Opal

Bonanza Mine Opal

Bonanza Mine opals Virgin Valley

Bonanza Mine opals Virgin Valley

Bonanza Mine Black Opal

Bonanza Mine Black Opal

Irenes Delight Opal Bonanza Mine NV

Irenes Delight Opal Bonanza Mine NV

Closeup of large Bonanza Opal

Closeup of large Bonanza Opal

 

OPAL QUEEN MINE (Upper Claims)

CLAIMS PENDING SALE 

CLOSED TO ANY DIGGING

 

This content (RR) removed 2/19/2020

 
 

VIRGIN VALLEY OPAL NEVADA OPAL MINES, home of the world-famous Nevada Black Fire Opal and source of the world's finest opal specimens and collector opal gems.  Several mines are open to rockhounds for fee digging of  precious black, crystal, fire, conk, wood, limb cast, and other opal types. Opal Gem Mines & Mining Claims for sale.  Information about the Royal Peacock, Rainbow Ridge and Bonanza Opal Mines Fee Digs and the Virgin Valley Opal and Mines.  Information about the other mines including Kokopelli Opal Mine, Opal Negra Mine,  and John Church Swordfish Mining Virgin Valley Opal.

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Closeup of large Bonanza Opal