Emerald Creek Garnet Area Tickets

Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Welcome to the Emerald Creek Garnet Area! If you are ready to get dirty, have fun and find some garnets to take home you’ve come the right place. Our staff will greet you with an orientation to the site and provide all the tools necessary to dig, sift and wet sluice to find garnets. This is a great activity for families and people of all ages.  

Hidden in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, Emerald Creek is one of only two places in the world where Star Garnets can be found in quantity and the only location where you’re able to collect them! When a Star Garnet is cut by a jeweler it displays a six-ray reflective star pattern in the purple stone and is commonly used for jewelry. It is also the Idaho State Gem! Please note that garnets cannot be collected outside the Emerald Creek Garnet Area recreation site or while the site is closed.  

Emerald Creek Garnet Area is open Friday through Monday beginning the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and ending the Monday of Labor Day weekend. To provide for public safety and to protect the delicate natural resources, tickets are required to visit Emerald Creek Garnet Area. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Tickets are available for morning or afternoon time slots. They are issued per person and are only valid for the date and time slot listed. To make your reservation, please visit www.recreation.gov for tickets. Please be sure to bring your printed ticket(s) with you to the recreation site and we’ll issue a mineral permit when you arrive. This permit authorizes the holder to dig, sift, sluice and collect garnets within the Emerald Creek Garnet Area recreation site.

Welcome to the Emerald Creek Garnet Area! If you are ready to get dirty, have fun and find some garnets to take home you’ve come the right place. Our staff will greet you with an orientation to the site and provide all the tools necessary to dig, sift and wet sluice to find garnets. This is a great activity for families and people of all ages.  

Hidden in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, Emerald Creek is one of only two places in the world where Star Garnets can be found in quantity and the only location where you’re able to collect them! When a Star Garnet is cut by a jeweler it displays a six-ray reflective star pattern in the purple stone and is commonly used for jewelry. It is also the Idaho State Gem! Please note that garnets cannot be collected outside the Emerald Creek Garnet Area recreation site or while the site is closed.  

Emerald Creek Garnet Area is open Friday through Monday beginning the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and ending the Monday of Labor Day weekend. To provide for public safety and to protect the delicate natural resources, tickets are required to visit Emerald Creek Garnet Area. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Tickets are available for morning or afternoon time slots. They are issued per person and are only valid for the date and time slot listed. To make your reservation, please visit www.recreation.gov for tickets. Please be sure to bring your printed ticket(s) with you to the recreation site and we’ll issue a mineral permit when you arrive. This permit authorizes the holder to dig, sift, sluice and collect garnets within the Emerald Creek Garnet Area recreation site.

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Tickets are available 90 days in advance on the first of the month at 10 a.m. ET. Example: On March 1, permits will be available for the dates of June 1-30.

Changes and Cancellations

Cancellations must be made up to 24 hours in advance for refund minus $1 non-refundable advanced reservation fee. No refunds for no shows or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

222 South 7th Street, Suite 1 St. Maries ID 83861

Phone Number

2082452531

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