We are closed for the Spring 2023 Mining Season. Please call (406) 437-8605 in May 2024 for reservations for the Spring 2024 mining season which starts May 2024.


Welcome to the Montana Blue Jewel Mine website!


Fee Dig Information:

We respectfully request that guests do not bring their pets to the mine. Service animals are welcome.

Bring good shoes (no flip flops or open-toed shoes), sun protection, plenty of liquid refreshments, and snacks. Please note that the mine currently only has 6 sapphire gravel screening stations setup, so booking your visit ahead of time is VERY important. It usually takes 2-3 hours to screen the dirt, and it is a lot of work, especially in the summer heat.

Some shade is available. Please allow for variable weather conditions. Cold and wet weather gear is also recommended as the weather can change rapidly even in the summer.

If weather on the day of your dig is particularly bad (lightning, torrential rain), we will allow you to reschedule.

We have all the equipment you need to search for sapphires on site, although you are free to take purchased buckets of gravel concentrate home with you in addition to, or even instead of, using the mine's equipment.

We have two portable toilets on the premises, with one of them being wheelchair accessible.

Current weather for Helena can be found here.


6 screened 5-gallon buckets = $125 CASH.

The customer screens the buckets


We keep the mine open to fee digs until winter hits, which varies by year. We will put an announcement on this page and the Facebook page when the mine is closed for the winter.

Directions to the mine:

GPS Coordinates - 3 formats

Some GPS's have an error where it tells you to turn at Huotari Lane, which is too early. You should continue down Favorite Gulch Road to the Four Cee's street sign, before turning.

Clicking on the following link will bring up Google driving directions to the mine.

Google Driving Directions

Click here for a Youtube Video of a drive to the mine.

Recommended Cutters:

Must call (406) 437-8605 for reservations