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Address: 702 N Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301-6641
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Have been here several times in the past. Will be there again in a couple of days from now. Always go when we are in Ely. Short trip from from Hotel Nevada. We always stay there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
charles p
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Have been here several times in the past. Will be there again in a couple of days from now. Always go when we are in Ely. Short trip from from Hotel Nevada. We always stay there when in Ely. Wife can"t get down hill, so i find her a lot of Garnets.Kids always find more than adults. Just works that... More 

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Thank charles p
Ely, Nevada
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Once you reach the very top of the mountain and travel into the wooded area. Continue to look down in the dirt, because you could have garnet in front of you. I found several around the picnic area I was very surprised about that because I was told you had to go down into the slop. The best time to... More 

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Thank vefaira
Las Vegas
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Bring a hammer and eye proactive gear. For a dirt road the road was maintained well. Steep at times and a little tight in some spots. Lots of picnic areas. Bring a hammer. You have to carefully wack the rocks. I found 3 or 4 right away. However my loving and helpful husbsnd kind smashed a couple. Its best to... More 

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Thank Dawn G
Minden, NV
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Took the dirt road as described and stopped 1/2 way up. Plenty of rocks..but no garnets. Got to the top where there is a forest service bathroom and promptly found 6 within 15 feet of our car. We took hammers and had great fun making small rocks out of big ones. Yes, it is quite dusty - but really great... More 

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Thank Sharron G
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We were Ely 1 day and it was fairly close. Do not go expecting to find any we did not. We took hammer and smashed many rocks to find nothing. I'll admit I know nothing of rock hunting and this did not help.

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3 Thank johng88888
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Even though it was chilly and overcast, we decided to venture out and try our luck aat prospecting for semi-precious stones while in Ely, Nevada. Our trusty Google map led us to the dirt road off of Hwy 50, the loneliest road in the USA. We did see evidence of human visitations but no cars or hikers while we drove... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

Wow! I haven't had this much fun since...I felt like I was a kid again, digging in the dirt and feeling fortunate to uncover my first garnet. Warning, however, garnet hunting can become addictive! After finding my first garnet I was hooked. Two hours later I called it a day and left with a bag full of at least 20... More 

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5 Thank backpacker31
Kansas City, KS
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

To prepare for the trip, I recommend taking a hammer (we had a small ball peen hammer we bought at the local hardware store) and maybe a trowel for digging. Water is a good idea too. You also need eye protection since hammering rocks sends shards flying. Head west on Hwy 50 and 5 miles from the Hotel Nevada you... More 

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nevada
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Fun. I found 3 garnets in less than an hour. The ride up on a dirt road seemed long. Not too many people. Would go again with a hammer to break the rocks there. By the way onstar has no clue where this is

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3 Thank marsha616
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

Garnet Hill is easy to get to and has a beautiful view. It is a good idea to bring at least one water bottle with you. A rock hammer is helpful but not required. Read the sign off the parking lot so you understand for what you are looking. The garnets are small, 1/4-1/2 inch in diameter, but look for... More 

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