Dig for the extremely rate semi-precious black fire opals in the ruggedly remote northwestern corner of Nevada at Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine. Produced nearly 14 million years ago when volcanic activity occurred in the region, discover ancient opalized wood, along with pink, white, moss, lemon, and of course the legendary black fire opals in this region.

There’s no better place to dig for the mysterious black fire opal—Nevada’s official state gemstone—than at the Virgin Valley Opal fields at Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine.

Rockhound through tailings, or up the ante and sign up for the Virgin Ground Loads, which allows you to dig through a specialized reserved load of fresh dirt taken right from the bank wall. If you don’t have time for a full or half-day rockhounding adventure, be sure to swing by the Rainbow Ridge Rock Shop, offering all kinds of Nevada souvenirs to bring home with you. For more information on different rockhounding experiences, directions, tools to bring with you, and amenities in the Virgin Valley area, get in touch with Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine directly at (775) 941-0270.


Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine is open seasonally from May through September each year, weather permitting. Reservations are required to visit, so please be sure you get in contact with Rainbow Ridge ahead of your visit by dialing (775) 941-0270. The on-site Rock Shop is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.


For the most current daily rockhounding rates, please contact the Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine directly at (775) 941-0270.

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Northern Nevada, Nevada




Northern Nevada