Open every Saturday and Sunday without Reservations
Open for Benitoite Screening at the Old Road Camp
We are hauling loads of material out of the mine and making it available for screening
Here's your chance to come and find the California State Gemstone "Benitoite" one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in the world!
Reminder: Everyone bring clear safety glasses
Now available as of 4/24/13- Benitoite screening on weekdays now available! Reservations required
Please contact us via phone or email for reservations
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$70 per person
Kids 12 and under, only $20
Discount for seniors 70 and over with proof of current Rockhound Membership from any Federation Club, 1/2 price ($35)
No group discounts
Pay Now or When You Come -
Reservation Date optional for weekend visits
Bring your receipt showing proof of payment.
PayPal payment is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.
We do not accept Credit Cards.
Dry camping is available at Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1 1/2 miles East of the Road Camp.
The only place available in Coalinga is the Baker House Bed & Breakfast (559)934-1900
Best Western located 10 miles East of Coalinga at the junction of I-5 and 198
Harris Ranch located 10 miles East of Coalinga at the junction of I-5 and 198.
Gas, groceries, and restaurants are available in the town of Coalinga.
Don't forget to stop at one of the best small town museums in the state, Baker Museum in Coalinga, 297 West Elm Ave. They have a great Benitoite specimen on display.
For a good place to get steaks and spirits, we recommend the Mountain Oyster Saloon, located next to the R & N Market on Elm Street.
Open on Saturdays and Sundays without reservations,
and open Monday - Friday with reservations
Sign-in and Demonstration Time:
9:00AM to 3:00PM
The historic old Road Camp.
48242 Los Gatos Rd. Coalinga, CA 93210.
From the westernmost stoplight in Coalinga, head west on Polk/Jayne Ave 1 mile.
Polk/Jayne make a large sweeping turn to the right, turing into Derrick. Follow Derrick for 3 miles.
Turn left on Los Gatos Rd, continue west exactly 15 miles. Turn in just before the white buffalo on the right-hand side and your there!
Plenty of parking in the parking lot with the white buffalo. No off road vehicles needed.
Screens, screening tables, buckets, water, and a quart sized ziplock bag.
We have a UV dark room to look through your washed material.
Employees will be there to assist, demonstrate, and identify your finds.
A flush toilet is available.
You Need to Supply:
Bring clear safety glasses for the blacklight room. Bring your lunches, drinks, and lawn chairs, A pop-up shade if you need it, rubber gloves if you need them.
Rules of the Hunt:
-Stay in the immediate area between the screening pile and parking lot.
-Do not go into buildings unless permission is granted.
-You are allowed to take home a quart sized ziplock bag full of finds.
-If you find something too large for your ziplock bag and would like to purchase, we will negotiate a price.
-Kids are allowed to play freely, please keep them close.
-Pets are free. Keep them on a leash please.
Park in the parking lot next to the white buffalo.
We'll start signing people in at 9:00 AM in the small cabin/rockshop.