We are open 3 days each week. Please Note Reservations are required to participate in our digs. See our calendars for reservations.


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.

Miner’s Inn

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.