After 17 years operating - we unfortunately need to slightly raise our rates. As of October 1, 2016 a slight increase in price to offset the increase in operating costs. The rates are as follows: (click here)
We are open 3 days each week. Please Note Reservations are required to participate in our digs.
The OceanView Mine
Visit the Oceanview Mine for a chance to find your own gems: tourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more! Your visit allows you a unique view of the only actively working underground mine in the world famous Pala Gem mining district.
Pala Chief Mine
Welcome to the Pala Chief Mine! Located in beautiful Pala, California the Pala Chief is one of the oldest gem mines in San Diego County, and is one of the only historic mines still being actively worked in the hunt for American gemstones.
We have now added an on-site cabin for weekend stays—The Miner’s Inn. Perched on the top of Chief Mountain, the Inn features spectacular views of the Pala Valley and nearby Tourmaline Queen Mountain.