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Dig your own pink and green California tourmalines from the world's most famous tourmaline mine, the Himalaya Mine near beautiful Lake Henshaw in San Diego County, 20 miles east of Pala. Over 200,000 lbs. produced since 1898 including quartz crystals, lepidolite, topaz, morganite, and other pegmatite minerals. We have brought dump truck loads of tourmaline bearing ore down the hill to allow easier access for the public. We welcome the public to join us year round to dig gemstones at the Himalaya Mine tourmaline dig.
About the Himalaya Tourmaline Mine Dig...
We are open year round from 10am to 3pm, Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are not necessary. Mondays by appointment only.
- We are located at 26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA at LAKE HENSHAW RESORT. For map and written directions click here (do NOT “map quest” the Himalaya Mine).
- Cost: $75 per adult, 12 years old and under free. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
- Special Rates: Seniors 65 years and older, and military rate it $60.
Groups: 10+ people: $5 off, 20+ people: $50 per person.
Children groups: 12 years old and under is $20 per child (one free per paying adult). Otherwise, call email us for youth group pricing.
Rainy days: $10 off if its raining 75% of the day.
- Pets: Pets are welcome with leashes.
- What you need: muddy shoes, sun hat, gloves, plastic baggie to put tourmalines in, old toothbrush for scrubbing tourmalines, and plenty of drinking water. We will provide all tools for digging at no extra charge!
- Also available: Buckets of very high grade gem pocket ore are available from our very rich area which can be taken home for screening $100. Faceted gemstones including Himalaya Mine tourmalines and Oregon Sunstones are also available for purchase on site.
- Accommodations: Lake Henshaw Resort: (cabins, RV parking, and camping), call 760-782-3501 to contact Lake Henshaw and reserve a cabin.
In the area:
The beautiful Lake Henshaw Resort provides lovely scenery and activities (other than gem and crystal hunting with us), including camping, fishing, relaxing in a quiet cabin overlooking the Warner Valley, and live music on select weekends. Palomar Mountain is right next to us, as well. There are several wineries that offer wine tasting to the North, as you travel towards Temecula, and also to the south, as you travel Highway 78 towards either Julian and/or Ramona. Julian, CA is a quaint artistic town that loves its history. There are old hotels that offer a historic setting for a good night’s sleep. And, for the more glamourous, this area offers many casinos, including Pala, Rincon, Pechenga, Barona, and our local Santa Ysabel Casino. Some more things to do while you’re in the area... www.tourguidetim.com
San Diego International is the largest nearby airport.
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For map and written directions click here