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Garnet Hill, Ely

(4.2/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
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  • Once you reach the very top of the mountain and travel into the wooded area. Continue to look down in the dirt, because you could have garnet in front of you. I found several around the picnic area I ...  more »
  • Bring a hammer and eye proactive gear. For a dirt road the road was maintained well. Steep at times and a little tight in some spots. Lots of picnic areas. Bring a hammer. You have to carefully wack t...  more »
  • Took the dirt road as described and stopped 1/2 way up. Plenty of rocks..but no garnets. Got to the top where there is a forest service bathroom and promptly found 6 within 15 feet of our car. We took...  more »
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  • my wife and I drove up here on a cross state trip across Nevada. The weather was cold but clear. Yes we did find garnets in the hard rhyolite. Like the other reviewer said the garnets are small but really nice with the promise of finding a whole lot more and larger too. It was a lot of fun for the both of us. Bring rock tools. Nearest hotels are in Ely, and the one we stayed at is the Four Sevens...a great place low in price and very comfortable. We definitely will be back again and we will be bringing friends and family!
  • The Ely District's only rock hound / gem collecting site. We came up on a snowy New Year's Eve and had very limited success searching down the hillside south of the parking area (partially due to snow cover / wetness) and also not exactly knowing what to look for amongst all that pink shale. My wife searched the embankment RIGHT NEXT to the parking area on the north/uphill side and we easily found them. She was looking for rocks with quartz sparkling in them and more times than not, it had garnets. Most were actually yellowish white (see pics). So much so that our 7 year old daughter was overly successful in finding them too. Sooo, good luck. :)