sluice mining

Another fun activity we offer here at Sterling Hill Mine is sluice mining. Just like panning for gold, people can purchase bags of sand that are pre-loaded with gems and minerals, a bag pre-loaded with fossils, or “Motherlode” bag which is a larger mixture of both. The sand mixture is then slowly poured into a tray which is dipped into our water feature to unveil the treasures inside. This activity takes about ten to fifteen minutes. 

Sluice Bag Prices:
Gem and Mineral Bag: $10.00
Fossil Bag $10.00
Motherlode bag: $25.00


Sluicing Availability:

April - November: 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM
*Weather Permitting