Take Home The Mother Load!

Our BEST VALUE 10lb package has everything you want and more! Gemstones, minerals, fossils and arrowheads! It's incredible!

No Admission Charge To Mine

No hidden costs. Choose from from one of our available packages starting at $7.99. Share or mine your own bag!

Keep What You Find

Emeralds, garnets, opals, sapphires, obsidian, and tons more! Anything you find is yours to take home!

Lost Treasure Pricing


The Site Foreman has released the following information on the Lost Treasure horde:

There is no admission ticketing for Dark Woods’ Lost Treasure Mine. Treasure hunters have a choice of four different mining rough packages to choose from priced $7.99 – $27.99. Mining pans are provided.

Packages start at just $7.99!

All hunters should be aware that the following gemstones and fossils are appearing in recent excavations on the site. Keep a keen eye on your pans while sluicing! Don’t let these slip through your fingers! REAL raw gemstones and fossils from around the world GUARANTEED! Emeralds, rubies, opals, amethyst and TONS MORE!

Real Gemstones & Fossils!

When you arrive, just check in at the Lost Treasure Supply Depot and pick up your mining rough (that’s the dirt) and the site Foreman and guides are ready to assist on your next Dark Woods Adventure.

In the meantime, check out the available mining rough packages below!


Things To Know

March 20 – June 5

Weekends Only


June 9 – December 25

Wednesday – Sunday







Mining Rough Packages

Pay Dirt Package

3lbs of Mining Rough
6+ oz of Gemstone Mix
Educational Gemstone ID Card
Take Home Collection Bag


Fossil Find Package

3lbs of Mining Rough
4+ oz of Gemstone Mix
1/2+oz of Shark Teeth
Educational Gemstone ID Card
Take Home Collection Bag


Emerald Strike Package

5lbs of Mining Rough
6+oz of Gemstone Mix
3+oz of Emeralds
Educational Gemstone ID Card
Take Home Collection Bag


Best Value

Mother Load Package

10lbs of Mining Rough
10+ oz of Gemstone Mix
4+oz of Fossil Mix
1/2+oz of Shark Teeth
2 Arrowheads
1 Large Amethyst Druzy
Educational Gemstone ID Card
Take Home Collection Bag


Finding Treasure Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

  1. Check in at the Lost Treasure Mining Company Supply Depot for “mining rough” enriched with real gemstones or fossils an pick up your gear!
  2. Head over to the sluice (that’s the long water trough) and pour part of the mining rough from the bag into the screen bottom box (your pan).
  3. Dip the pan in the water, shake and watch the TREASURE appear as the soil washes away!
Sluice Mining Pans

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