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Spectrum Mine Oregon Sunstone

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MAY 15th - OCTOBER 15th,9am - 5pm

big reds

Juicy red sunstone

Spectrum Sunstone Mine, located near Plush, OR, in Lake County Oregon, is an  Oregon sunstone mine open to the public for mining Oregon  Sunstone. Visit Spectrum Mine and dig for Oregon sunstone gems from a  designated area of fresh unprocessed ore all day and keep what  you find (mine personnel must be present). Kids 12 years old and younger are free,  always. Rock clubs and families and all rockhounds welcome. Some  equipment provided (see "digging tools" at bottom of this page).  Reservations are NOT required for digging.

Also, in response to rising fuel costs Spectrum Mine will be selling mine run HIGH GRADE CONVEYOR BELT RUNS  through the mail. We will run production ore through our screen plant  conveyor and professional miners will pick the stones for you for one  hour and will mail them to you. (dig description below).  The cost is $250 plus $8 shipping, buyer keeps ALL.

SPECTRUM MINE fee digs...


Pickin’ stones off the conveyor

High-Grade Conveyor Belt RunFor the ultimate mining experience, pick off our commercial screen plant conveyor belt and our crew will help  you pick the gems and payer gets to keep everything that shows up in one hour of running the plant, $250 per hour, nearly 6 tons of ore is processed during the hour and many stones are found. Water is used to wash the dirt from the ore processed on the conveyor belt.

High-Grade Condensed Commercial Ore Piles: Screen through concentrated high-grade sunstone bearing ore piles $175  or $225 per pile. Families and groups welcome. Water washing is  available.


Screening for sunstone

All you can eat sunstone buffet concentrate ore pile: Bring the sunstone ore on! Concentrate ore will be piled up for TWO days from 9am to 5pm.  The cost for 1-2 people is  $300.00.  3 people $350, 4 people $400,   Kids 12 and under free with paying adult. Very limited availability.

High-Grade Pit Digging: For the "hands-on" experience... Use your digging tools to break through  basalt lava rock in one of our high-grade red and green sunstone pits.  $100-$200 per person (or sectioned off area).

Free dig area: for the inexperienced, try digging our free area which produces only yellows. One day only.

NEW!!! Cabin accommodations $45 per night. Stay on site at Spectrum Mine in one of our clean one room cabins.  Beds, bedding, and cooking gear is not included. Free stay for fee diggers. Call  for reservations, 775-772-7724 or 775-225-4245.

Tipi Accommodations: Stay in a 20 foot tipi with fire pit, $40 per night. Free stay for fee diggers. Please call  for tipi reservations, , or  775-772-7724 or 775-225-4245


Spectrum Mine tipi at sunrise

About Spectrum Mine:

  • Facilities:Showers and flushing toilets now available at Spectrum Mine.  Also, very clean mouse-proof cabins are available!!!
  • Camping and Parking:  Primitive camping is allowed on our property at no charge. RV parking  and tent camping is available, but there is no electricity for RV hook  ups.
  • Roads: The roads are great and small vehicles and RVs will be fine.
  • Water & Fire: We have a water well (free water). Also, fire pit for camp fires is  available on site for campers, campfires are regulated per forest  service.
  • Our Store: We have a store with faceted and rough gemstones available for purchase, including red labradorite a.k.a. Oregon Sunstone, Himalaya Mine Tourmaline from San Diego, CA, Nevada turquoise and variscite, and much more, you’ll have to see...!
  • Tools:  Loaner screens are available on site (at no extra charge) and also screens  available for purchase will be available at the mine to accommodate your mining experience.  Please bring (if you can): shovel (whatever size  you are comfortable with), hammer and screwdrivers, and plastic bags  (for sunstones), and don’t forget to bring a bucket!!!
  • Pets: Pets are welcome, leashes are required at the mine!!!
  • Specials: Buy five digs get one free!
  • Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Plush, OR: Hart Mountain General Store & Saloon is a friendly place now serving food fer ya’ll, including the best burgers in the county!  Fuel and convenient store available, as well. Hart Mountain Store can  be reached at:  (541) 947-2491. Plush is approximately 25 miles from  Spectrum Mine. Please stop by the Hart Mountain General Store and get your last necessary supplies or fuel, and my map, and then make no other stops until you get here... So, there ya go.
Accommodations in Plush: Stay in a beautiful rural mountain cabin, (541) 947-3322. www.hartmountaincabin.com.

Motels near Spectrum Mine:  A little over 70 miles away is Lakeview, OR, where there are groceries and accommodations: Interstate 8 Motel please call 541-947-3341. Also there is an airport in Lakeview, OR called Oregon Sunstone Aviation, (541) 947-4222, if you need to land your personal airplane. The nearest airports are  Bend, OR, and Klamath Falls, OR (3 hour drive to mine), followed by Reno, NV or Boise, ID (5 hour drive to mine).

Spectrum MINE:
Latitude: N 42 43.941
Longitude: W 119 52.007

Link to map and written driving directions

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Dig for Oregon Sunstones!
Pick off our commercial screen plant conveyor belt keep all you find!  


Clean cabin accommodations $45.
Also, showers and flushing toilets now available!

NOW AVAILABLE!!!  High-grade sunstone gravel available through mail
Buckets of very high grade sunstone bearing ore concentrate now available  through mail. $100 per 5 gallons (plus $40 shipping/handling, prices vary for orders out of country)
� Buy five buckets of ore and get one free! 
Please call

Chris Rose        (775) 772-7724
Denise Olsen    (775) 225-4245

Spectrum Mine is located 25 miles north of Plush, OR, past Dust Devil Mine, in the sunstone public collection area.
Click here for directions and a map

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Spectrum Sunstone Mine

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