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Things to Do, Gemstone, Fossils, Mining Attraction, Big Bear Lake California

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Come and See Why our Mining Activities is the Best!

IT'S IN THE BAG, BUCKET, TREASURE TANK, PIRATE CHEST, MERMAID PURSE, CONTAINMENT UNIT, OR DIG PIT!

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FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL !

When purchasing one of our adventures there is NO EXTRA CHARGE TO USE OUR SLUICE or DISCOVERY STATIONS AND PANNING EQUIPMENT it's all inclusive!

Our Gemstone and fossil mining is a fun filled activity for all ages, but it's more than just that. At the end of your adventure, you will take homeassessing-specimens precious keepsakes from mother earth to remind you of your mining adventure and treasure hunting experience. At Gold Rush, we take great care to ensure that each bag or bucket of Mining Rough is enriched with a satisfying variety of large specimens. There are over 100 different gemstone varieties and over 30 different fossil types in our mining rough, no two bags or buckets are ever alike.

Gems that are found include Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires, Quartz Crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Peridot, Opal, Aquamarine, Topaz and dozens more!

WE ALSO SHIP OUR MINING ORE - GREAT FOR PARTIES & SPECIAL EVENTS

Can't come up to Big Bear? Want to add a unique activity to your party that is guaranteed to get your guests excited? How about having a Mining or Fossil Themed Birthday Party? How about a fundraising event?

No worries, we ship our mining ore to your door! All you need do is choose from our mining mixes listed below and call in your order. We ship in flat rate boxes to make the cost as inexpensive to ship as possible. Aside from the cost of the mining ore and tax all you would add is shipping/handling, call for cost as it will depend upon the amount of ore we are shipping. We will quote you at the time of your order.

Our mining ore will make any event more exciting and succesful no matter what age group you are catering to. 

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE OFFER A VARIETY OF MINING THEMED ORE TO APPEAL TO A VARIETY OF INTERESTS AS WELL AS TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTS.

MYSTER BUCKETS, ORE BAGS, TREASURE TANKS, PIRATES TREASURE CHESTS, MERMAID PURSES, PALEO-FOSSIL EGGS, OYSTERS W/PEARLS, SPACE CONTAINMENT UNITS!

THE MAIN GEMSTONES, ROCK, & MINERALS IN EACH ADVENTURE ARE INTENTIONALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER THEMES.

PROSPECTORS WHO PURCHASE DIFFERENT ADVENTURES SHOULD ANTICIPATE TO DISCOVER DIFFERENT SPECIMENS.

WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY DIFFERENT ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO COLLECT AS MANY SPECIMENS AS POSSIBLE!

................WE OFFER DISCOUNT PACKAGES WHEN CHOOSING A MINIMUM OF 3 DIFFERENTLY THEMED MINING ACTIVITIES................... ......... OUR PACKAGE DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE USED OR COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT.........

TREASURE HUNTER PACKAGES......

treasure_hunter_packageTreasure Hunter Package #1 Includes:

(1) Micro-Mini Las Choyas Geode - Only available with this package

(1) Large Miners Pouch or Miners Mini Bucket filled with your choice of tumbled gemstones and/or super stones

 

 

 

treasure_hunter_pkg. 2Treasure Hunter Package #2 -

Includes:

(1) Miners Treasure Chest filled with a mixture of gemstones

(1) $8.00 Moroccan Geode

 

 

 

treasure_hunter_pg. 3Treasure Hunter Package #3 -

Includes:

(1) Cut Base Geode - ANY SIZE dyed or natural - REDUCED by 20%

(1) $8.00 Moroccan Geode

 

 

Note: photos above depict treasure chest, miners pouches, and geodes - the miners pouch comes in a variety of colors from which to choose, all miners treasure chests come with different treasure (no two treasures are the same), The cut base geodes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors which will also be of your choice. These photos are meant to depict what is potentially your package with the exception of your choice on the items.

READ ABOUT OUR MINING ENRICHED BUCKETS, ANCIENT SEA TREASURE TANKS, ORE BAGS, AND PALEO-FOSSIL EGGS BELOW....... 

SEE WHY OUR BUCKETS ARE ON EVERYONE'S LIST!

Our Mystery Mining Buckets Come in a Variety of Sizes to Choose from......

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The mining product in our buckets are more abundant than our bags. No two buckets are alike, each one is different from the next. The photo to the left highlights some of the potential rocks, minerals, fossils, geodes, etc. that can be hidden within the "bucket" mining ore. Pricing varMining-Bucketsies as does the product and amount of product within each bucket.

Small Mystery Mix Bucket.

Medium Mystery Mix Bucket.

Large Mystery Mix Bucket.

Mega Mystery Mix Bucket.

A specimen chart is included with each mining bucket to take home and enjoy for years to come!

The photo above showcases the variety of mining product and does not reflect the amount of product in any one bucket.

Prices subject to change without notice.

  THE TUB OF TREASURE

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Currently there is only one choice within this line.

The "Tub of Treasure" offers a nice mixture of rough gemstones as well as Amethyst, Quartz & Citrine points.

The package also includes a specimen chart and souvenir burlap gift bag

 

*As minerals and crystals of the same type come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, no two are alike, therefore, no two Tub of Treasure products will be exactly the same.

 

 

OUR SPECIALTY BUCKETS

THE HOLCOMB VALLEY HISTORY BUCKET

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The Big Bear area is rich in mining history. To help young'uns learn about our area history and the signifigance of our mining heritage our miners have put together our Holcomb's History Bucket. This is the perfect souvenir that allows kids to read, learn, and experience what brought early settlers to the Big Bear Valley in search and discovery of the largest gold strike in Southern California. Treasures found within the bucket represent some of the story elements that led the trail of discovery as William (Bill) Holcomb experienced on his facsinating journey. Additional treasures within the bucket are minerals that can be found within the area, the story of Bill's encounters, some of which are recountings taken from Bill Holcomb's writings himself, interesting facts about the Boomtown named Bellville that sprung to life during the mining hayday in the 1860's, and a surprise bonus is included. This bucket is perfect to learn about the area history as well as use for a school report.

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE - OUT OF STOCK

 

Americana Mining BucketTHE AMERICANA DREAM BUCKET - Seasonal Only

Our Americana Bucket will debut July 1 and will continue to be sold until our supply runs out.

In celebration of our American Pride, we have developed a bucket that is themed with Red, White, and Blue. The materials in the bucket will include an assortment of gemstones and minerals but a highlight will include real Sapphire, Rubies, and Quartz rough in order to embrace the Americana Theme. It is important to note that the Sapphires and Rubies included in this bucket are not included in any other bucket. So, hurry and get yours today.

 

 

Currently Unavailable (Seasonal Item Only)

 

THE BEST VALUE!!!

THE BIG HAUS GLORY BUCKET

Big Haus Glory Mining BucketBig Haus Glory Bucket is the largest package we offer and is the most savings of all!

Big Haus combines a variety of mining ore and will yield the greatest amount of materials as well as some large specimens and bonus items not included with any other bucket.

Big Haus Glory Bucket is Perfect for Rock Hounds, Mineral Collectors, Mining Enthusiast, or to share amongst multiple miners.

Big Haus Includes:

(1) 4" Gold Panning Kit OR (1) Double Vial of Gold Pay Dirt. (Based on Availability)

(1) Mega Mystery Mining Bucket.

(1) Motherlode Bag of Gemstone Ore.

(1) Emerald and Ruby Bag of Gemstone Ore.

$65.00 in Your Choice of Any Geode(s) valued at $25.00 and up.

Extra Bonus Items - No Two Buckets are Exactly the Same.

 

 

Photo above depicts the items included with the Big Haus Glory Bucket Package.

ANCIENT SEA TREASURE TANKS

Millions of years ago, our earth was covered mostly with water, approximately 70%, there was very little land as we know it today. The ancient ocean had a variety of sea life. One species that has consistently dominated the sea then and now is the shark. Many of us tend to think of dinosaurs as dominating the prehistoric world, however, sharks began swimming the seas as far back as 450 million years ago.

DINOSAURS DIDN'T APPEAR UNTIL ABOUT 230 MILLION YEARS AGO.

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ANCIENT SEA TREASURE TANKS

A specimen chart is included with each treasure tank to take home and enjoy for years to come!

Include: an assortment of cretaceous sea life, shore shells and todays ocean life, rough and polished gemstones and minerals, crystals, and, because of the significance of the shark species throughout the historical time table we have included shark teeth within every option of our treasure tank. We say our tanks are.....JAWSOME! Come on in, our water is fine, there's nothing like taking a big bite of adventure when exploring the ancient sea.

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Your sea hunt begins with the "Sea Star" Treasure Tank. The Sea Star is the entry level into our treasure tank explorations. There are many items from the ancient sea as well as todays exotic and beautiful ocean treasures. The Sea Star Treasure Tank is named such in order to designate size only. It does not have any within the treasure found in the tank.

However, the sea star is an interesting creature all the same. Commonly called, starfish, a sea star is not a fish at all. t’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

Fossil records suggest that sea stars came about in the Cambrian period. This was about 500 to 570 million years ago. This is part of the Cambrian burst, a period of time when there was a sudden explosion complex lifeforms on the planet.

There are some 2,000 species of sea star living in all the world’s oceans, from tropical habitats to the cold seafloor. The five-arm varieties are the most common, hence their name, but species with 10, 20, and even 40 arms exist.

 

shark_treasure_tankSHARK....................

Moving beyond the Sea Star, the adventure deepens with our "Great White Shark Tank". Sharks are mysterious and so is our treasure tanks. This tank includes more abundance in fossil shark teeth and other treasures not found within the Sea Star tank.

A little highlighted information about the shark species: The shark species ancestory dates back 250 million years BEFORE dinosaurs. Sharks have survived all five mass extinctions. The oldest fossilized evidence of prehistoric sharks comes from shark-like scales that date to 455 million years ago during the Ordovician Period.

By the mid-Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago, many sharks had evolved into fast-swimming, off-shore predators. It is during this period that modern shark families originated. 

At the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago, another global catastrophe destroyed a mass number of species, including the dinosaurs. The sharks who survived that extinction include the modern sharks of today.

 

 

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megalodon_sharkMEGALODON...... (includes LARGE fossil shark tooth specimen on rock)

For the more serious shark minded enthusiast, we have developed our "Megalodon" tank. This tank includes fossil shark teeth from a variety of shark species, a greater amount of fossil shark teeth than the previous tanks as well as the largest size of shark teeth. An extra special surprise awaits those who choose the Megalodon tank. Be a Chum (pun intended), try one!

Some interesting information about the largest shark to ever dominate the sea: The Megalodon Shark was the largest shark that ever lived. Megalodon ruled the prehistoric sea. Scientists are unclear as to why it became extint.

The Great White shark is a direct descendant of the Megalodon and shares many attributes that are similar to the Megalodon. Megalodon Sharks were known to be as large as 50 feet long and have teeth as large as 10"inches in size. The Megalodons tooth style, shape, and serration structure is duplicated by its decendant the Great White, although the Great White's teeth are not as large. Currently, the largest Great White tooth on record is 2 1/2"inches.

It has been said that some people feel Megalodons still exist. Documentaries have been produced that try to support such theories, however, no one has yet to capture one.

ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE PRE-HISTORIC PREDITOR mosasaur_treasure_tankIS THE MOSASAUR

Due to the Mosasaurs comparison and alias as the T-Rex of the Ancient Sea,

We created a Treasure Tank that bares its name and also includes a REAL Mosasaur tooth!

MOSASAUR................(includes a fossil Mosasaur tooth specimen on rock)

Our largest treausre tank option is the Mosasaur! The Mosasuar tank is filled with extraordinary treasures and offers a wealth of ancient and modern ocean treasures. Filled with even more unique and exceptional items this is the tank that is sure to take your breath away! You'll need to make sure your oxygen tank is full as your, "Ahaaa", moment will leave your breathless!

June of 2015, the ever popular Jurassic Park franchise released a movie called, Jurassic World, which hi-lights a gigantic Mosasmosasauraur during its story line. Real Mosasaurs lived during the late cretaceous era and are known as the T-Rex of the Ancient Sea even though they were not a dinosaur at all.

Mosasaurs are considered to be the greatest marine reptile that ever lived. They were sleek, streamlined, and fast!

This marine lizard was the most feroucious and aggresive marine preditor. They could eat anything they wanted. If a Mosasaur were alive today they could swallow a grown man whole and crush him like he were a tiny grape. They had flipper like paddles for arms and legs. They propelled themselves by moving the back of their bodies and tails in a side to side motion. Mosasaurs were also covered in scales which were probably dark in color. Just as the Megalodon, they too could grew as large as 50 feet long. Although mosasaurs were aquatic, they were reptiles, which means they had to surface to breathe air, like a dolphin or whale.

PALEO-FOSSIL EGGS

A specimen chart is included with each dinosaur egg that also includes an Official Dinosaur Hunting License to take home and enjoy for years to come!

Here's an adventure that is destine to be a favorite!

Our Paleontologists are pleased to announce they can assure guests a safe environment as well as a happily exciting experience here at our prehistorically themed Gold Rush Island, complete with volcanos that erupt, dinosaur growls, and pteradactyls screeching, all the while you are digging your hands within the rich velvety volcanic ash searching to discover REAL fossils to take home! Learning can be fun and certainly is. Become a Paleontologist and discover more about the prehistoric world and the fossils that are left behind to tell us their story.

Our Paleo-Fossil Eggs are named to describe the size of the package. Each contain a variety of crystals, minerals (rough & polished), gemstones, emerald gemstones and creataceous fossil rough and polished.

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Our Triceratops Paleo-Fossil Egg is our Medium Fossil Package.

Paleontolgists who choose our entry level into the paleo-egg discovery expedition will be pleased with the variety of ancient world treasures that will be discovered in our, "Triceratops" Paleo-Egg.

Aside from a nice selection of rough and polished fossils, paleontogoists will also discover a variety of materials, always including emeralds as well as tumbled stones from the jungles of South Africa, real amber, crystals, as well as many other precious artifacts from the Jurassic Age.

An assortment of rough gemstones and minerals are also included.

 

 

 

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Our Raptor Paleo-Fossil Egg is our Large Fossil Package.

Velociraptors were quick and cunning creatures but their eggs are even better! You're in for a Jurassic sized adventure when choosing the Raptor's Paleo Egg.

The Rator's Egg is our large size package and is choc full of exotic goodies. More than a step up from the Triceratops, this egg offers more Jurassic items as well as emeralds, real amber, crystals, and tumbled stones from the South African Jungle as well as gemstones in the rough.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Tyrannasaurus Paleo_Fossil Egg is our Extra Large Package.

If you're looking for a rooooaring good adventure, hold on to your pith helmet, you're in for a doozy. Currently our largest Jurassic Egg, the T-Rex is our most spectacular find!

This egg is abundantly full with exceptional specimens that any respectible paleontologists would be proud to have in his or her collection.

Aside from the Jurassic finds, this egg also offers other exceptional gemstones tumbled and polished, rough emeralds, crystals, mineral gemstone rough and more.

 

 

 

Lucky Leonards Mountain Mineral Mine Rough

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Mineral Mine Rough contains 5 ounces of assorted gemstones from all over the world plus a piece of pyrite.

You may find amethyst, citrine, sodalite, jasper, or any combination of over 50 different semi precious gemstones.  These bags weigh about 2.5 lbs and also come with a free identification brochure.

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Our Large Mineral Mine Rough contains 8 ounces of gemstones, an arrowhead, a crystal point, and a piece of pyrite. The gems are from all over the world and are mixed with an authentic mining rough. Each bag comes with a free identification chart.

In our Large Gemstone Bag you may find amethyst, rose quartz, sodalite, or any assortment of over 50 different gemstones.

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Emerald and Ruby Mine Rough.  Each bag contains 10-11 ounces of gemstones plus an arrowhead, crystal point, pyrite, and real emeralds from Brazil and real rubies from India. Each bag comes with a free identification brochure.  Emerald and Ruby bags are our best selling mining rough bag.

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Each Large Fossil Rough contains at least 15 fossils from all over the world and includes an identification brochure.

Each bag may contain shark teeth, sea urchin, whale or dinosaur bone, and numerous other sea fossils. Our bags weigh about 3.5 lbs

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The Motherlode!

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Our Most Popular Mineral Rough: This bag has exactly what you'd find in our large gemstone bag (8 ounces of gemstones, arrowhead, crystal point, and a piece of pyrite) PLUS exactly what you'd find in our large fossil bag (15-16 fossils including shark teeth and many sea fossils from around the world) PLUS a special surprise in each bag.

These Mine Rough bags are great for birthday parties, school groups, scout groups, schools, or just plain old fun!

We offer discounts for quantity orders, call for details.

Contact us if you are interested in having our Mine Rough shipped to your home, school, or organization.

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