Fun Things to Do in Big Bear Lake California

We're always having fun at Gold Rush Mining Adventures!

Bring the whole family along or just come by yourself, our mining activity in Big Bear is easy for any age, won't get you all tired out, and is fun no matter which bag or bucket of mining ore you choose.

To understand how easy our panning activity is we have included a few photos - Have fun viewing the photos with their description.

Your Mining Adventure Begins......

By Choosing From

A Variety of Mining Ore

Danyel has decided on a Fossil Bag

Choosing Mining Ore

Once you've made your decision you will need to open your bag

opening the mining ore bag

Now, pour the mining rough into your panning container


danyel mining fossil mining rough

Move out to our Giant Water Wheel & Mining Sluice

You will begin panning to wash away the dirt & reveal the treasures

mining roughfossils panned


Your treasures are revealed and you are finished panning

fossil panning

Once you are Finished with Panning Your Treasure

You will have a Chance to Compare them to the Speciman Chart

To Determine Which

Fossils or Gemstones you have Discovered


Whether You want to Cut any Stones for Jewelry

If you choose to have any gemstones turned into jewelry, we can have the stone cut into a cabochon or a faceted stone. To determine which cut the stone will have the gem cutter will make the final decision based upon the stone itself.

We have over 70 varieties of gemstones, minerals, fossils, and arrowheads, that come from all over the world, intermixed within our mining rough. No two bags or buckets are alike, you may want to try panning more than one type of ore or choose to pan at a different mining discovery station. We have three stations to choose from. Or, maybe you will want to break a geode?

As you can see, the hard work is already done, no need to get dirty or break a sweat, our mining sluice is also covered so that guests can pan in the shade when hot or protected from the elements during snow or rain events. We've thought of just about everything that will make your time spent at discovery the easiest and most memorable!

Take Home some Treasures Today

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