Pricing & Bucket Sizes

Explore Available Mining Rough Options

 

Our Process

We offer several size buckets and mining rough mixes to choose from.  Each bucket is hand-assembled to ensure a high-quality experience each time.  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!  

Planning your visit

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 by 4:30 pm daily.  We encourage you to plan your visit accordingly.  Thank you.

Mining Rough Mixes

We offer 3 mining rough mixes to choose from, in several sizes: 

  • Gem & Mineral Mix – contains a mixture of over 60 gemstone and mineral varieties from around the world in a rainbow of colors. Visit our Gem & Mineral identification page to explore a sampling of what you may discover.  
  • Seashell & Fossilized Sharks’ Teeth Mix –  contains shells from the Indian and Pacific Oceans and fossilized sharks’ teeth.  Visit our Shell & Fossil Identification page to explore a sampling of what you may discover.  
  • Fossil Mix – contains marine life and some terrestrial fossils that range in age from over 300 million years old to the Ice Age. You may find coral, bits of crinoids, brachiopods, bivalves, ammonites, gastropods, bone, and other prehistoric treasures.  Some of our fossils can be viewed on our Shell & Fossil Identification page

Bucket Sizes & Pricing

Rockhound Bucket – $12 (also available to-go in bags)

  • Gem & Mineral Mix
  • Approximately 5 pounds of mining rough.
  • Yields 1/2 pound of treasure.
  • The Rockhound is the perfect starter bucket, designed with enough treasure for one miner to enjoy.  

Prospector Bucket – $35 (also available to-go; due to the volume of dirt, a 3-gallon 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 $8)

  • Gem & Mineral Mix
  • 2 – 1/2 gallons of mining rough containing more than 5 times the amount of gems and minerals than the Rockhound bucket, including some highly prized finds!
  • Yields over 3 pounds of treasure.
  • Enough treasure to make one person really, really happy or share among friends!      

Treasure Quest Bucket – $60 This bucket is not offered in the store currently and is only available to-go. (Due to the volume of dirt, a 5-gallon 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 $8) 

  • Gem & Mineral Mix
  • 5-gallons of mining rough with more than 10 times the treasure you will find in our Rockhound bucket, including precious gems like ruby, sapphire, emerald, and aquamarine.
  • Yields over 6 – 1/2 pounds of treasure.
  • Dig into a mountain of gems solo or with a group of friends!

Beachcomber Bucket – $12 (also available to-go in bags)

  • Seashell & Fossilized Sharks’ Teeth Mix
  • Approximately 5 pounds of mining rough.
  • The perfect starter bucket for a solo beachcomber.

Megalodon Bucket – $25 (also available to-go in bags)

  • Seashell & Fossilized Sharks’ Teeth Mix
  • Approximately 6 pounds of mining rough.
  • A super-sized Beachcomber that contains an authentic mini Megalodon tooth (or similar prehistoric species), a Mosasaur tooth, and other fossilized shark teeth. 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 $8)

  • Fossil Mix
  • 2 – 1/2 gallons of mining rough
  • Containing fossilized treasure from over 300 million years ago to the Ice Age.  

 

Getting it to-go?  Add our Sand Sifters for $3 each.  

Need a bucket to transport the mining rough home? Purchase one of our 5-gallon buckets for $8 each.  Note: due to global supply chain issues there is a very limited supply of buckets available.  Please consider bringing your own!  Any sort of tote will work to transport and hold the mining rough!

 

Gold Panning

This activity is not offered in the store and is only available to-go. Pan for real gold!  Purchase a bucket of paydirt and pan for real gold. Each hand-assembled bag of concentrate contains 6 teensy-tiny, but real, gold flakes!  With each purchase, you will receive a glass vial to store your gold flakes. Please note the prospecting pan is sold separately ($12).  

Pay Dirt Bucket – $14

 

Crack Your Own Geodes

Select your favorite geode and crack it open in our store using our machine, the Kraken!  We custom-designed and built the Kraken to create an interactive and safe way to open your geode.

We currently offer three geode varieties:  

  • Moroccan Geodes ($10) have clear quartz crystals inside. 
  • Trancas Geodes ($12) from Mexico have bluish-grey chalcedony, quartz, or calcite crystals inside.
  • Amethyst Geodes ($14) from Mexico have double-terminated (points on both ends) Amethyst crystals inside.  Each geode contains a very small pocket of crystals.  

Quality Guaranteed

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!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trancas Geodes