Pricing & Bucket Sizes
Explore Available Mining Rough Options
Mining Rough Buckets
We offer several size buckets and mining rough mixes to choose from. We hand-assemble each bucket utilizing gems and minerals from around the world. We buy our rocks by the ton, literally. Because of our incredible buying power and commitment to excellence, we are able to offer you the highest quality bucket at the greatest value! Our prices and value simply cannot be beaten!
As our store closes at 5:00, please note that the last bucket of mining rough, to be used in-store on our sluice, is sold at 4:30 pm daily. The last bucket of Paydirt for the gold panning station is sold at 4:00 pm daily. We encourage you to plan your visit accordingly. Thank you.
Rockhound Bucket – $12 (also available to-go in bags)
- This 5-pound bucket of mining rough contains gems and minerals from around the world in a rainbow of colors. You may find well-known semi-precious stones or unfamiliar, unique gems and minerals. Visit our Gem & Mineral identification pageto explore a sampling of what you may discover.
Prospector Bucket – $35 (also available to-go; due to the volume of dirt, a container is required to bring this mining rough home. Supply your own bucket to bring the dirt home or purchase one of ours for an additional $5)
- This 2.5-gallon bucket of mining rough contains 5 times the amount of gems and minerals than you will find in our Rockhound bucket, including some highly prized finds! A win for the rockhound at heart! This is a great bucket for the enthusiast or is large enough to split among a small group.
Treasure Quest Bucket – $60 COVID-19: This bucket is currently only available to-go (Due to the volume of dirt, a container is required to bring this mining rough home. Supply your own bucket to bring the dirt home or purchase one of ours for an additional $5)
- The motherlode of gem mining buckets! This 5-gallon behemoth holds 10 times the treasure you will find in our Rockhound bucket, including precious gems like rubies, sapphires, emeralds, aquamarine, and crystal clusters. This bucket is a true Treasure Quest!
Beachcomber Bucket – $12 (also available to-go in bags)
- This 5-pound bucket of mining rough contains a hearty handful of our seashells from the Indian and Pacific Oceans, fossilized sharks’ teeth, and other beach finds. You’ll find shells that are uniquely different than those found on US shores; a great way to add variety to your collection. Visit our Shell & Fossil Identification page to explore a sampling of what you may discover.
Megalodon Bucket – $25 (also available to-go in bags)
- This super-sized Beachcomber includes an authentic Megalodon tooth (or similar species), Mosasaur tooth, and other fossils. Sure to please the shark enthusiast! Sure to please the shark enthusiast! Note: the Megalodon tooth in our bags is often a 3/4 tooth (meaning it’s missing a section) and is typically 1-1/2″ to 2″ in length measured along the diagonal. Occasionally, a different species tooth is available, such as the Mako, Great White, or the Chubutensis or Angustidens (ancestors to the Megalodon).
Jurassic Bucket – $35 (also available to-go; due to the volume of dirt, a container is required to bring this mining rough home. Supply your own bucket to bring the dirt home or purchase one of ours for an additional $5)
- This 2.5-gallon bucket of fossil-rich mining rough is sure to please any dinosaur enthusiast! Containing authentic fossils from the time before, during, and after the dinosaurs, this bucket is the ultimate Jurassic Quest!
Getting it to-go? Add our Sand Sifters for $2.50 each.
Planning a party, need more than a few bags? Purchase 10 or more bags of Rockhound or Beachcomber mining rough and receive a 10% discount. Note, the 10% discount only applies to the Rockhound and Beachcomber buckets.
Pay Dirt Bucket – $14
- Pan for real gold! Purchase a bucket of concentrate and pan for real gold using our panning station. With each purchase, you will receive a glass vial to store your gold flakes. As with our mining rough buckets, each bucket of gold concentrate is hand-assembled ensuring that there is gold in each bucket!
Crack Your Own Geode
Roughly the size of a baseball, simply cover them with a cloth and hit them with a hammer to reveal the crystals inside. We recommend doing this outside with adult supervision! Our Moroccan Geodes ($6-10) have clear quartz crystals inside while our Trancas Geodes ($12) from Mexico have bluish-grey chalcedony, quartz, or calcite inside.
We assemble each bag of mining rough by hand, ensuring that each treasure hunter finds a well-balanced, high-quality mixture of treasures. While this takes a great deal of time, as parents, we want everyone to have a joy-filled experience. We are certain you and your family will truly enjoy your Treasure Quest!
Mine with us. You will dig it!
We invite you to join in on the fun! Visit our store to enjoy an indoor, climate-controlled gem mining experience or bring it home! You will dig it.