Gem Mining

Due to Covid-19, the Gem Mining will be closed for the 2020 season

Discover the adventure of prospecting in an old west style mining sluice. Unearth oodles of fossils, gemstones, and minerals. Finders’ keepers! Prices vary $7-$20 based on Gem Bag purchased.

Every bag is different!

  • Gemstone Bag
  • Fossil Bag
  • Emerald & Ruby Bag

Keep what you find!

While visiting Anderson Farms, stop by Pumpkin Creek Gemstone Mining for some old fashioned fun. This area, including Erie and Carbon Valley, has a rich history of coal mining. Here at Anderson Farms, you can mine for gemstones and fossils. Try to collect them all! There are 40 gemstones and minerals, or 32 fossils potentially hidden in each bag of rough.

How do I get started?

  • Stop by Pumpkin Creek Gemstone Mining and pick out your bag of rough.  There are three to choose from; the gemstone bag, the fossil bag or the emerald and ruby bag.
  • Next, take your bag to the sluice. Place a handful of rough into the provided screened bottom box and wash it in the water.  You’ll soon discover the treasures hidden in your bag!
  • This is an activity that children and parents can do together. Spend 10 minutes or spend an hour!  Once you have found all your treasures, take them to our identification board to find out what you have
Pricing Prices vary $7-$20 based on Gem Bag purchased.
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Due to the prediction of below freezing temperatures and accumulating snow, Anderson Farms will be closed on October 25th and 26th.

Anderson Farms Fall Festival is sold out on October 24. Terror in the Corn is sold out October 23 and 24. 
Zombie Paintball Hunt tickets are still available but selling fast.  Our Final Homeschool Days on October 28th is sold out.
Walk-up tickets will not be available. Capacity at the farm is VERY LIMITED due to Colorado Covid-19 restrictions. Having a campfire or pavilion reservation does not guarantee that you will be able to get tickets into the farm.

If a date you want is sold out, keep checking. Sometimes new tickets become available. The numbers in the drop down box are the quantities available for that time slot. If 1 is your only choice, that means only 1 ticket is left for that time slot.

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