It's $10 per adult regardless of how much you find to take home. They are the only mine we found that guarantee you'll find something. This is quartz crystal mine only, so that is the only kind you'll find.
The Rock Shop down the road is owned by the same family and they sell all sorts of different kinds of rocks and crystals.
We had a fantastic time here!
The mine itself is 15 miles north of the address listed (the address above is the rock shop owned by the mine owner, the mine itself does not have an actual address). We had a blast because we love to gets hands on and explore and we're not afraid to get dirty. Here are some things to help you determine whether this is for your family:
1. You don't go into the actual mine to due safety regluations, so you will be working in the "pit" out in the open (so exposed to rain or sun or wind). Their machines dump piles from the mine to the pit for people to dig through.
2. Wear something you never plan on wearing again. Including shoes (and make sure the shoes are solid like boots or tennis shoes). The mud and clay will stain your clothes due to the mineral content of the dirt.
3. You can bring your own tools or purchase some from them for a small fee (we broght our own gardening size shovels and bucket for crysals).
4. There is a picnic area for you to break for lunch. At the mine they also sell bagged ice, snacks and drinks. They do have restrooms onsite at the mines.
5. You will dig and get dirty. You are basically digging in a huge mud pit with other people for as long as you want (until dusk). This is the point.
6. The nearby town of Hot Springs (about 15 miles away) is a spa town, built around actual hot springs. There is tons of stuff to do and see in town and plenty of places to stay. So the mine could just one day out of a weekend or three day get away for your family.
I've listed the age of 3 years and up. Frankly, you can bring any age child without restrictions, just keep the non-stroller friendly environment in mind.
A guide will help you get started when you get there. They are very friendly and family friendly and anxious to help you and answer any questions you have. I got the feeling that this place gets field trips from nearby schools quite a bit because they seem to be very well organized.
We loved it because my son loves digging in the dirt, discovering things and studying them.