Emerald Village, Little Switzerland

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  • We enjoyed viewing the mine and “gem mining.” It was a fun activity and we found lots of gems! All of the staff was very friendly and helpful! 
    We enjoyed viewing the mine and “gem mining.” It was a fun activity and we found lots of gems! All of the staff was very friendly and helpful!  more »
  • This facility had a good display of old mining equipment. There was also a good description of various minerals, and which were mined in the immediate area. 
    This facility had a good display of old mining equipment. There was also a good description of various minerals, and which were mined in the immediate area.  more »
  • Had an awesome time gem mining at Emerald Village today. Colton was awesome. He helped us with mining and he was very knowledgeable. I can’t wait to come back again. Thank you Colton, you rock!!! 
    Had an awesome time gem mining at Emerald Village today. Colton was awesome. He helped us with mining and he was very knowledgeable. I can’t wait to come back again. Thank you Colton, you rock!!!  more »
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  • Bought tickets for their black light mine tour and it was amazing. The guides were super informative and held huge black lights for as long as we needed to get pictures. They were genuinely interested and excited to teach us about the mine and it’s history. They even provided protective glasses and they have a great selection in their gift shop that’s reasonably priced
  • Hard a great time and learned a lot about mining, minerals and gems. If you like old equipment then this is the place for you! Old mining carts, compressors, pumps, tractors, hydraulic drills, air drills and so much more are all carefully labeled, explained and on display all over the property. We are going to bring it grandchildren here and buy a few bags of our for them to sluice. They will have a blast!
  • Nice touristy and family friendly rock/gem mine and mill exhibits. Some parts are free (gift shop, outdoor area). On Dynamite Day's (Saturday & Sunday 1x monthly from May-Sept) they have added food truck(s) and Arts & Craft vendors. Mine tour (Bon Ami waterfall), Mill tour, Gem Mining & Gem Digging cost extra. Many picnic tables outside so bring a picnic lunch. Fudge and vending machines available.
  • Great experience for kids. Slushing premade buckets best for them. I dug around in the dumping area at the 1st gift shop and a wonderful worker named Jenny helped me identify some of the rocks because I was clueless. Nice rocks and gifts at that shop. I also did the slushing of the $35 bucket and then asked for help. Tim was also wonderful in identifying those stones. Nothing of much value but nice time. I went on to Emerald dumping area which is in the mountains about 5 miles further. Little parking area in deep woods, (not enough) Roads rough and narrow. I was in a van and hit bottom a couple of times. No restroom or help there at Emerald dig site. You just follow the crowd down the bank. I found no Emeralds but a few who got there way before me found very tiny stones. You have to buy separate permits for mining both sites and $75 deposit for tools + $25 tool rental. Fun hard day.
  • We had a great time checking out the mining history. We also enjoyed searching through bucket of rip rap for minerals and gems. We had always laughed at this, but it was fun(we got some good sized stones and alot of gem chips.

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