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Wegner Crystal Mines
Our Five Adventure Options
Gemstone Sluice
Diamond Collecting
Crystal Forest Mine
Phantom Mine Group Dig
Tailings Collecting Area & Picnic Site

Customize Your Adventure
- Combination Discounts -
Make A Full Day Of It


Crystal Forest Mine
No reservations are required at this site, just arrive a little early to sign up 
Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday

This is our most popular activity. This large 40 acre surface mine is
regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for
jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also
found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up
the crystals exposed on the surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for
those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard
rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site
Please arrive early to sign up and get safety meeting
Groups leave at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO SIGN UP
MINE TRIPS SUBJECT TO MIN. 2 PERSONS FOR SAFETY
$15.00 per person for 2 hr. on site collecting
Transportation & tools included
Refundable Deposit Required
Keep all you find
Gemstone Sluice
No reservations required – Open 8am to 4pm daily (arrive by 3pm)
Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday

The Gemstone Sluice is a very popular activity for visitors of all
ages and abilities.  Located next to one of our ponds in a secluded
valley & adjacent to the Tailings Area.  The Sluice is 100ft. long &
shaded for your comfort with seating available along one side. 
We provide you with a pail of gemstone bearing material & a
screening box which you swish in the water filled sluice.   
The gemstones are revealed for you to pick out.
 
Your pail will contain many popular gemstones, that depending on
your choice may include: Aquamarine, Ruby, Garnet, Opal,
Tourmaline, Quartz Crystal, Amethyst, Emerald or others
 
Collectors’ Specimen Grade Pail $15.00
Most Popular Precious Gemstone Pail $10.00
Easy Pickens Pail $5.00 (this is an add-on item only)
Fee Per Family - one time “Use Fee” of $4.50 for the day 
Discount $4.00 off, per family, when you do this
activity and either the Tailings or our brand
new Diamond Collecting Adventure
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Tailings Area

No reservations are needed for this activity - Open from 8am - 4pm
Arrive by 1:00pm to allow enough time to do the activity

Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday

The Tailings Area and Picnic Site is an affordable option for families and groups of all sizes and abilities.  In this activity, we brought the mining experience to you by hauling in hundreds of truckloads of dirt and crystals from one of our mines.  We spread it out in a field - in a beautiful scenic valley. We keep it refreshed by adding more crystals on a regular basis.  Spend as much or as little time as you wish. You are welcome to use the picnic tables.

Fee: Adults $10.50 - $6.60 kids 11 & under - $6.60 seniors
Discount $4.00 off, per family, when you do this
activity and either the Gemstone Sluice or our
brand new Diamond Collecting Adventure.
Tools and buckets are included and
Keep all you find.

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Phantom Mine
Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday


Advanced reservations are required at this site - 10 person minimum
See the “walls of crystals” written about in a variety of magazines such as Lapidary Journal

The pit & surrounding areas offer our visitors a unique opportunity to dig Clear and Phantom Quartz Crystal Points and Specimen Grade Clusters.
Our Phantoms, have Manganese Inclusions that look like a smaller dark crystal trapped within a larger clear crystal.  They are both rare and are
highly prized by collectors. We are happy that we can provide this exclusive opportunity to our visitors as there are very few mines
in the world that produce this type of Phantom Crystal.


This mine is geared toward large adult groups. We can customize the dig, at no charge. Services such as educational and mining discussions, handouts, or attention to special needs are all available. Please let us know ahead of time. The fee is $24.00 per person (min. 10 persons) for 4 hours on site digging and includes tools, buckets, transportation, and a certified miner that stays with you for safety and to help you make the most of your dig experience. There are no hidden fees, and you keep all you find!
Please refer to our Crystal Forest Mine activity for youth groups.







NEW

COMING SOON
Expected to be available in 2013

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

Phantom Mine Crystal Safari 

Dig Your Own Experience With Your Own Professional Miner
This is a Private Excursion featuring Exclusive Mine Access
We will show you where they are and how to get them
This is the real deal with guaranteed results


We are currently working out the details and developing this idea.
We have been here, mining in Mt. Ida for over 32 years.  
Our mines are second to none and we will be providing
The best private mining experience in the country.
We welcome your input and comments
To help make this even better.
Please email your ideas
wegner@ipa.net

Diamond Adventure
NO reservations needed -- arrive by 3:00 pm
Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday

Gems of the World
Business Hours: Open Year Round and Most Holidays
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal Hours -
March 15th - December 1st *** Open 7 Days a Weeks ===== December 2nd - March 14th *** Open Monday - Friday

Our newest activity is indoors and air conditioned

 

Sit at one of the light table stations and sort through a pouch
of gem bearing gravel to reveal the natural rough colored gemstones.
Each pouch contains Emerald, Amethyst, Peridot, Quartz Crystal, Opal, Kunzite, Topaz, Garnet & more.
Regular price is $16.00 per pouch.
Or save $5.00 when you purchase both the Diamond and the Gemstone pouches for $40.00

DIG YOUR OWN F.A.Q.

Q. What should I wear?
A. When going to either mine site, we recommend that you wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves.  Keep in mind that the red clay can stain clothing. 

Q. What tools should I bring?
A.  We can loan you buckets, garden type trowels, cultivators and pry bars for a refundable deposit.  Or you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish.
If bringing hammers – be sure to include eye protection.


Q.  What else should I bring?
A.  Other items that you might bring are hats, sunscreen, and bug spray.  Always bring water when you go digging and maybe a snack or lunch.


Additionally,
We suggest that the following be considered when preparing for your day at the mine.  Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and bring heavy-duty gloves. Eye protection is always a good safety practice!  We have pry bars and buckets that can be used, however bring something to carry your crystals home in.  You can bring additional tools to move the dirt around and perhaps hammers and chisels to remove crystals from the sandstone.  Your group is welcome to bring lunch or other refreshments, some are available at the warehouse.  There are no toilet facilities at the mines.


Due to the limited number of groups that we allow to visit
the mines, there is always an abundance of crystals to find.
You will have hard rock mining opportunities just like we do.
We cannot guarantee open veins or pockets on any given day.

Effective October 1, 2000, The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) Part 48, Subpart B, Code of Federal Regulations stipulate the following: Unescorted visitors, regardless of company affiliation will be trained in "Hazard Recognition" at least once every twelve months before they are permitted to enter the mine.
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Come and visit the Newest Activity here at Wegner Crystal Mines
Customer feedback shows this may become a new favorite


$29.00 per bag

Each Bag Contains at least ½ carat of Diamonds
1 in 8 Bags contains Diamonds valued at $200.00 Plus
With each bag of Diamond Bearing Gravel, you will receive a FREE velvet pouch and a magnification gem display box.


Enjoy the unique lights, ambiance and sit in air conditioned comfort at your own custom made light table.  Working slowly, you will pour a small amount of the gravel onto the lit surface and sort through it –As you sort through it, grain by grain you will find the Diamonds.  You can expect to find approx. ½ carat total weight or more in each pail.  Some pails will include Diamonds with a value a $200.00 or more.  Place the Diamonds into the magnification box for display and safe keeping.
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Use of our tools is included in the fee


  As we are working with the approval Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park we wish to inform you that these are not Arkansas Diamonds.  Diamonds provided for this activity come from the Congo, Africa. We highly recommend you visit Crater of Diamonds State Park, which is a 50 minute drive from Mt. Ida
March 15th - December 1st
Open 7 Days a Week
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

December 2nd - March 14th Open Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.