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Fee Digging. Come and mine your own opals!
Kokopelli Opals is gearing up for our seventh season of fee digging! Our mine manager Jake is back for another exciting summer! Check out our Fee Digging page for pricing and dates that we will be open! We hope to see you at the mine! 

Dig Fees and Hours

Kokopelli Opal Mine season is from May 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020
Reservations need to be made if you plan to mine from May 15th-May 31st
and from October 1st-October 15th. Our mine manager is there 24/7 June thru
September and no reservations are needed.

Hours of operation are 8:00am-4:00pm


  • Pricing for 2020 season...

    Ages 0-12             Mines for FREE
    Ages 13-18           $150 per person/per day
    Adults 18+            $180 per person/per day
    Seniors 55+          $162 per person/per day
    Military                 $162 per person/per day

Call 530-533-3359 to make reservations and for group rates of 10 or more.

How to mine opals.

One of our guides will escort you to our new cuts and instruct you on how to dig in the rock with the best tools to find those precious opals. At least one of our guides will be on hand at all times for any questions you have or help you may need. 

Where to Camp.

There is a free camping site up the road from us that has a wonderful hot spring, bathrooms and showers. Nice camp sites with bbq pits. No hook ups that I know of. There is no internet/cell phone.
What to expect.

The weather can be unpredictable in the Virgin Valley. The days can be very hot and the nights can get very cold. We are located at a high altitude so its important to have plenty of water and/or hydrating drinks with you. The nearest store is 30 miles away and does not carry a lot of amenities. Chapstick and sunblock are important.

What to bring.
  • Water
  • Food
  • Clothes for hot & cold weather
  • Chapstick
  • Sun block
  • Hats
  • Picks
  • Shovels
  • Buckets

Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions

1. Dig time is 8am-4pm 
    Reservations needed only in the off season. No pro-rated digging!

2. Kokopelli can ONLY accept CASH payments at this time!

3. Steel toed shoes are recommended not required. NO open toed shoes.
    We do supply hard hats.

4. Bring digging tools, water and snacks with you. Sunscreen and chapstick is

5. The weather is unpredictable. The days are generally hot and the nights cold.
    You should pack for both.

6. There is a FREE camp site with bathrooms, showers and a hot spring right up the road
    from us.

7. Denio Junction (30 miles away) is the closest place to get gas as of right now.
    It's always a good idea to call them first. You can also fuel up in Lakeview, Oregon
    or Fields, 

8. You can drive all the way up to the mine, with just a short walk to the dig wall.

9. We don't mind your dogs as long as they're friendly.

     And we haven't had a customer yet that hasn't found opal.
     Not all opal comes out of the wall or tailing pile fired up. Some of it can look common
     and fire up at a later date. We will show you how to take care of your opal.
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