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Garnet Hill Nevada

Garnet Hill Nevada

Garnet Hill Nevada Overview

Designated as a rock hunting area in 1970, officially known as Garnet Fields Rockhound Area but is more popularly known as Garnet Hill by the locals of White Pine County due to the garnets found by rockhounds.


Garnet Hill Recreation Area – US-50 – Ely, NV 89301

GPS Coordinates

39.2851, -114.95123

Garnet Hill Nevada

How to Get to Garnet Hill Nevada

Garnet Hill is located approximately 7.5 miles northwest of Ely, Nevada.

  • Ely – 7.5 miles – 13 minutes
  • Caliente – 140 miles – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Crystal Springs – 140 miles – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Las Vegas – 248 miles – 4 hours

Check your mapping service as it could take you to an area nearby but not where you search for garnets.


The elevation is approximately 7,000′ and offers visitors an amazing view of the copper mine and the town below.

Area Size

Approximately two square miles.

Hours Open

Garnet Hill is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What to Take to Garnet Hill Nevada

While visitors are encouraged to bring their own gear to uncover garnets from the stones that contain them, gear isn’t necessarily required as many garnets can be found already uncovered on the ground.

  • Bucket to move the rock
  • Chisel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hiking chair
  • Hat
  • Lunch, snacks, drinks
  • Pick
  • Protective eyewear
  • Rock hammer
  • Shovel
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bag
  • Water (if possible, take several gallons to use to pour over the rocks)
  • Work gloves (the thicker the better)


There is no fee to enjoy digging for garnets at Garnet Hill in Ely, Nevada.
Digging Garnets in Ely, Nevada

Garnet Search Tips

First, realize that you are not going to find a garnet that you can retire from the profits of selling it. They are not that big and are not “gem quality” as almost all are significantly flawed. 

There are two types of garnets found in the area, Almandine and Spessartine.

  1. Easy, no gear needed method: Walk the area and search for dark-colored stones on the surface and in drainage areas. The loose garnets will collect in drainage areas and where water collects as they are heavier than other rocks found in the area.
  2. More work, gear needed method: Using round hound gear, crack open the unweathered rhyolite stones.

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Additional Photos

Garnet Dig Site, Nevada

Garnets from Garnet Hill

Garnet Dig Site, Nevada


Garnets we dug at Garnet Hill, Ely, Nevada

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Garnet Hill Nevada