Embrace your inner explorer at our Gemstone Mining attraction and try your hand at panning for minerals and artifacts. A great educational activity, suitable for school groups or the whole family, you’ll discover rich geological natural assets, the same way the early miners did. From quartz crystal to gold ore to amethyst to fossils, every explorer will leave with a collection of souvenirs.
The experience starts with a gem bag of sand that will reveal hidden treasures through panning at the water trough. A “major strike” is guaranteed in every bag. Compare your finds to the Mineral Information Card, which serves as a great reference point for future research.
Gemstone Mining is available during regular hours of operation. Please note that our last park admission is sold 2 hours prior to closing.
Last day of operation for Gemstone Mining is Monday, October 12.
As an outdoor sports and fitness facility, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted to operate.
Scenic Caves is now taking an additional safety precaution by introducing our new Covid screening app. All Season Pass Holders and day guest visitors are now required to complete a Covid Self-Assessment screening test for each and every visit on the day of their visit prior to entering the grounds.
A smartphone or tablet is required to access the self-assessment.