Where to go Gem and Sapphire Hunting in Montana
If you are a rock hound like many of us, and live in Montana, there are plenty of places to go satisfy your thirst for adventure. Or if you are just looking for something exciting that you and your family can do on a trip this summer, sapphire hunting is both enjoyable and memorable as well. Whether you are looking for sapphires of on color or another, finding a rough gemstone can get your adrenaline going. Believe it or not, there are places right here in Montana where you can get your sapphire fix with just a short drive.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Philipsburg, Gem Mountain is the name that you need to know. The owners of this gem mining operation own their own mine and offer two great ways to get your sapphire hunting fix. If you want to get down and dirty at the source, their mine is just 22 short miles out of town and ready for you to have an adventure. They also offer a storefront in town that sells the sapphire gravel that they are famous for at a slightly higher price than that which you would get at the mine itself. Whichever way you choose to enjoy your sapphire hunting, Gem Mountain is a must see for the avid gem hunting adventurer.
Another great place to get your sapphire fix on in Philipsburg Montana is at Montana Gems. Whether you are an avid gemstone enthusiast, or just looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, Montana Gems is a “must” when it comes to sapphire destinations in Montana. Whether you are looking for sapphire gravel or do it yourself mining kits, you can find a little bit of everything at Montana Gems.
Do it Yourself Sapphire Adventure
If you are more of a do it yourself kind of sapphire adventurer, then Montana is the perfect place to live. If you can get landowner permission, there are several places such as Yogo Gulch, Rock Creek, Dry Cottonwood Creek, and many gravel bars along the Missouri River to the northeast of Helena.Several deposits along the Missouri River, Rock Creek, and Dry Cottonwood Creek deposits are also associated with large numbers of quality sapphires, in many different colors spanning from light pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, and greens, to pale blues.