Tim Clapham / Kellie Langford
Thursday, 04 March 2010 21:38 | Yermo, Ca
First, I wish to thank everyone at Royal. We arrived May 15, after a year and a half of anticapation.My girl-friend,Kellie,is in a wheelchair,so mobility is always an issue.The owner drove us up to the bank(dig),assigning a young man to get Kellie set up.He stayed pretty much all day with us,assisting Kellie with whatever she needed. Don't get me wrong,she did her own digging, but he revealed his unique tale that led him to working at Royal Peacock. He informed us of the history of Virgin Valley,(a story in itself). Also of what and how to focus our efforts on. We had seen an episode on the Travel Channel,where it seemed like everybody at Royal was so nice and helpful to the hostess.I had tried to prepare Kellie for what I thought was reality. You know where the t.v people get special attention.Wrong,everyone was super nice .. We stayed a couple days ,found 2 five gallon buckets.Kellie has spent the next9 months working her OPALS,joining a rock and gem club,cutting polishing and just plain having the time of her life So THANKS again See you May 15 TIMMYI
Saturday, 09 January 2010 11:21 | Rogue River Oregon
I last visited your mine in the late 1990's. I found many beautiful specimens and was in love with the surroundings. Ponds etc. I hope to visit again soon. I just need to find someone who would like to visit with me.
Chris and Susan Deck
Friday, 11 December 2009 03:23 | Dutch Flat, CA
Had a really great summer visiting your camp 4 times. First trip got me hooked as i fouind a nice specimen and many others. Brought wife and daughter the next trip and was excited to have a full bathroom to use which is a rarity in a camp so far from town. Very friendly staff of course and look forward to seeing you next summer!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 08:14 | Tucson Arizona
Can't wait until you open for 2010 season! Bring Hubby & mom-In-Law to dig for fire opals (better bet of hitting than in Vegas or Reno!)
Sunday, 01 November 2009 11:28 | USA
I dug on the last day the mine was open, saw Mr.and Mrs. Wilson and met their daughter for the first time ! What a great place to relax and dig for opals the new digging area is great plenty of bank and you can find lot's of petrified conk wood !!!!! The veiws are out-standing from the mine when you stretch your legs and take a break !!!!! Every dollar was well spent at this mine, this is the place to go in Virgin Valley, Nevada !!!!!
Rick A. Mullins
Friday, 25 September 2009 01:22 | Norwalk, Ohio
Visited RPM on September ninth (the day before my birthday), after my week at Burning Man, and found several beautiful opals...the first only fifteen minutes into my dig. I am treating my collection the way Mark instructed when he showed me his own collection the night before...and am positive I will add to my collection next year after Burning Man.
Monday, 07 September 2009 12:33 | Phoenix Arizona
i would lik some lititure on the mine and the workings. planning on doing a littel digging. What is the best source the bank or the tailings? I never looked for Opels before. Any groop rates? are there handicap accomadations?
Saturday, 13 June 2009 06:23 | Largo Florida, near St. Petersburg
Saw an episode about your fine establishment on Travel Chennel yesterday. Very intriguing. Plan to come visit when the weather cools.
Bill and Michelle
Monday, 08 June 2009 14:19 | Pacifica California
We went opening day and came back with quite a few opals. we had a great time, lots of work and it took a while to really understand what we were looking for. Staff was very helpful and couteous.
Monday, 01 June 2009 06:41 | earth
i would love to know the real odds of finding anything at the peacock mine. i live in michigan and id love to dig at the mine and try my luck.
Saturday, 30 May 2009 01:25 | massachusetts
Im interested in visiting Nevada in August. my family would like to dig in your mine. Could we get more information for this vacation? Sincerely, Margot
Monday, 11 May 2009 02:30 | Washington State
I haven't been opal digging since the mid-1990's and have been dying to come back. Almost all my best memories come from our many visits out there in the high desert. Someday I will send you pictures of my 4 year old son (now 1
playing with your two shepard dogs! I'm coming back if it's the last thing I do!
Saturday, 02 May 2009 10:21 | Crosby Washington
I have always loved Peacock Opals and Fire Opals. I was reading an article in the 1983 addition of the Lapidary Journal, Curious, I had to see if you were still open to the public. I love your Opals! I can only hope you folks will still be open when I can get a long enough vacation to see the mine in person.
Thursday, 02 April 2009 14:02 | Nevada, but I live in Kenya
I am 7 years old and I am living in Kenya. I am learning about opals and would like to find one. I hope to visit your mine when I am in Nevada this summer. Would someone be able to help me find and opal?
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 09:53 | San Francisco Bay Area (Concord to be exact)
I'm looking forward to our first time mining this May. Will see you then.
Sunday, 22 February 2009 15:55 | woodland california
I went to my sisters for thanksgiving in 2007 and watched the show the secret. I was so move that i secreted the book into my life in 7 days. I wrote on our wall in our bedroom that we would find one of the most beatiful opels ever and the colors would be spectacular. I wrote down 5 thinhgs total. four of the five had came true in just the first couple of months. I was sitting in the john one mourning and as usual the lord spoke to me and said that today was the day for opels. I immediately exited the bathroom and told my wife get ready yo go to the desert for some opel hunting. She asid what but ok. n We went to nevada and got lost and had a hell of a time finding the place. We stayed one night and got up early to start our day. I had just had my fifth total reconstructive surjueries on my left hand and digging was vewry difficult to say the least. we started our day at trhe bottom of the wall. the instructor told us if we dug in more that 2 inches that we woul;d have to remove the entire wall of 7-8 foot tall wall. i couldn't do that type of work and I'll be dammed ifg my wife is goping to do it either. new play we dicided that we would just move up the hill after digfging in only one inch. so we slowly worked our way up the hill. *It was very hot that day 110 degrees. Instructor dude came over and my 3500.009 dollar 15 pound Bichon Frise dag barked at him and he made us put him in the pick-up. This was very upsetting to my wifew. so our work time just became very limited. she said lets go . I had stillo had faith. She was loading the last of our toolos when on my knees i said in my heqart to he lord that i still believed. I said it my heart so that saton could not interfere. I swun the hammer to the higest spot of the day and crack. My wife stopped dead in her tracksz to turn ansd see the 350 ct. Pure Black with all the colkors of the rainbow in them. I fully understood why they called it the royal Peacock. I have some white alot of clear and 250cts. of the awesomest gems i have ever seen. we tore out of there seeings how no one else got anythinfg and some of the couples had been digtging for over two weeks. The lord Yashua gave me the opels as a token of my l9ove for him. faith can move mounmtains. I still am having alot af madical tropubes but want to come and get the mother load of them all from thge lords wealth building saceret lands. I still dont know how to sale some of the opels and now that workmans comp doesn't wajnt to help me am going to be force to sale some of the stuff. I had an appraisal done in sacramento california anmd the lady said that they were worth no less than six thousdand per carot and as much as 190,000.00 for some of the smaller pieces. I have one 32 ct. one 44 ct. 178 ct. much much more of all thye colors and types i pray some one would be interested in helping a disabled worker in saving his home and his family please call 530-848-5568
Ralph and Michelle Valenzuela
Thursday, 12 February 2009 08:06 | southern california
Here is what we found in august of 2007 at the royal peacock we will be back in may of this coming year see you soon. http://www.opalsbymichelle.net/
Robert & Tina
Saturday, 31 January 2009 15:37 | Northern California
Have seen this on TV many times and thought what a cool thing to try especially since I'm a gemstone collector, so we're planning on taking a vacation to give this a try....cant wait!!
Sunday, 11 January 2009 08:11 | Eatonville, Washington
My family and i are planning to go to lake tahoe for the summer and are also planning to bring our friends to the mine and hopefuly have a good time well i guess i will be there this summer...
Monday, 15 December 2008 12:42 | South Dakota
I am trying to get some firends together to go for a weekend this summer. Hope to make it this year.
Monday, 24 November 2008 02:19 | Jamestown, NY
This sounds like a great vacation even if you don't find anything! Of course finding something would be even better. I just talked to a friend about it and we are going to try to come next summer.
Naim (Nick) Saiti
Monday, 24 November 2008 01:27 | New York
Since there is NO work for people like me (With every posible license in maintanace and construction?I was thinking to start this year differant kind of business.Since I allways liked to DIG I thought maybe that is what I want from now on.So Im looking for open mine thru out year(I do not no if you do that,but if not I will deffinatley be there in spring of 2009). Good luck to any one that is in this area of business. Nick
Sunday, 09 November 2008 07:59 | Florida
Was wonder before I visit this place. Has anyone found and sold opal, etc for money from this place? AND, where, who would you sell it to? Please email me any help ful information please.
Sunday, 19 October 2008 07:03 | ENID OKLAHOMA
WE ARE LOOKING AT COMING IN SUMMER OF 2009. MY HUSBAND POLISHES OPALS AND HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR A SPOT IN THE U. S. TO DIG FOR THEM.
Saturday, 04 October 2008 03:29 | Idaho
The price to dig has more than doubled, yet you're are more likely to be struck twice by lightning than to find black opal or opal of any value. All the other pieces of "opal" have no value and aren't much to look at. Alot of the opal jewelry in the opal store is made with artificial opal! That should be a clue. It's a fun adventure and there aren't many mines in the US of any kind that allow the public. But don't plan on finding opal and come prepared to spend alot of money. See it as an overall adventure.
Thursday, 02 October 2008 11:15 | maine
I cant wait to come to the mine, I think its so awesome that there are places like that to go to. what a non stress vacation
Friday, 12 September 2008 12:42 | twin falls idaho
HI, we were just there 9/2/08. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET MY HUSBAND TO ENJOY ROCK HUNTING FOR TWO YEARS,AND YES HE HAS GONE ALONG FOR ME, BUT THOUGHT ALL ROCKS ARE THE SAME. I ALSO SAW THIS ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, AND WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR VACATION HE PICKED THIS TO DO. I NEVER SAW A 6FT 8 IN. MAN PICK AND DIG A 4 FEET HOLE WITH SO MUCH ENJOYMENT. AND WE GOT OPALS. YAHOO, HE HAS TOLD EVERYONE, AND I AM SURE YOU WILL BE BUSY NEXT YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR ISN'T OVER AND HE REALLY WANTS TO COME BACK. ALL OF YOU ARE SO FRIENDLY, INFORMATIVE,AND RIGHT DOWN NICE. WE WILL BE BACK FOR YEARS TO COME . THANKS SO MUCH. LEIANA!
Thursday, 11 September 2008 17:28 | So Cal
I think Y all are crazy, I go mining here in So Cal for Opals and pay nothing $ 100 plus dollars , and this place is in bum **** egypt ..Your all mad , Mad I tell you !!
Sunday, 31 August 2008 04:16 | medford oregon
we decided to visit the mines in august of 2008. their were 6 of us which included my 9 year old and 2 year old. we had a lot of fun. it was real hot and i would not suggest taking young kids, their is no shade anywere. the 2 men dug in the bank while my sister and i dug in the tailings. we found a lot of opal just none that were worth much. we were camping in tents so its hard to escape the sun. next time we go we will be bringing some kind of shade tent. and i will not go in the hottest days of summer again. i think the prices were a little high and there is no half day prices and i also think if your paying that much to dig the camp should be free or just 7 a night not a person. a least for the tent sites. the mine manager brent was extreamly helpful and knowlegable. now that we know what to look for and have a little experiance we expect better results next time. thanks for the great experiance we will be seeing you guys again soon.
Saturday, 26 July 2008 12:38 | CT
We did a fantastic 6 week cross country trip in 2006 by fifth wheel trailer. We had lots of laughs about the fact that this place is in the middle of NOWHERE. We saw wild donkeys on the ride there from Northern California.. we drove 60 miles on a DIRT road to get there because we wanted to avoid the Doherty Slide in Oregon which is a road I wanted to avoid. if you fly in, there's no problem, I think you'll be coming in from the south and the roads are spectacularly easy to drive. The store is 45 minutes away and that's the same building as the only restaurant around for miles. So come prepared. The roads and scenery are really something if you don't come in the way we did. Truly one of the best opal mines in America, if you go, pay for the new area that no one has picked through yet.. you'll have a great chance to make some $$. Bring lots of water and bandanas to keep the dust out of your mouth and nose.. and sunglasses aren't a bad idea either.