Cathedral Caverns State Park

Gem Mining

Experience the thrill of discovery at Cathedral Caverns' Gemstone Mine!
It’s fun, it's easy and there is always a find!

The gemstone mining process is an ideal activity for any age; your findings will make the perfect start for a collection.   Children as well as adults have enjoyed their experience panning for gems.

Cathedral Caverns Gem Mine Hours:  9:00 A.M.  -  5:30 P.M. 

  • Mining dirt is purchased from an assortment of bags or buckets, each detailing what might be found.
  • Bags and buckets are filled with either a variety of rough cut gems, a variety of fossils, or you can purchase some that have both.
  • There is also a bucket that contains seashells and gemstones found in the ocean.
  • Cost ranges from $6.00 - $50.00 (plus tax).  Different sizes/different contents.  Bags/buckets may be shared.
  • Receive a rock/fossil identification guide with each purchase.


  • Purchase a bag of prepackaged gemstone "rough."
  • Work the dirt in the water running through our custom made flumes.
  • Identify what you find using the gemstone identification display.