Royal Peacock Opal Mine, Virgin Valley, Nevada
Sep 8, 2006
a Somewhat Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:nice people, full hookups, quiet, desert wildlife abounds,
beautiful sunsets if it's partly cloudy,
Cons:hard work, hot, dusty, 10 miles of bumpy gravel road,
expensive dirt, chances slim
The Bottom Line: Skip this particular mine. There are other opal mines that don't require as much time to get to, and are less expensive to dig at.
Royal Peacock Opal Mine in the Virgin Valley is a great place to go if you are into jack rabbits and wild burros. The desert there is awesome in its own way and the people staying at the camp are pretty nice. The digging of opals was way less then rewarding, and at $110 per person per day
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to dig, I would have rather lost my money at the casinos. There were about 32 people there and very few came away with anything but sweaty, dirty clothes.
The "Good" road into the camp was a stretch...10 miles of dusty, washboard gravel that vibrated the fuses out of our motorhome..literally! Not a joyous ride in a Class A. You should be prepared to get to the mine yourself as it is a mile and a half from camp. If you are not towing your own vehicle you have to depend on a strangers graciousness to get to the mine and back. The prices for camping, once you were there, were actually higher then the prices quoted on their website.
We saw the Royal Peacock experience on the Travel Channel
and were not impressed with their perception and reality.
It's a long ways out into the middle of nowhere (no cell, no radio stations...didn't care about no TV) and you would have to appreciate that to get anything out of the experience. Take a tarp with you for shade as it is the desert of Nevada. It is much harder then they made it appear,and less then lucrative. More money to burn in Nevada.
They have a rock shop there to sell you opals when you can't actually find any.
If you go to the Royal Peacock there is nowhere close to go for any Nevada "entertainment" (casinos)so be prepared to enjoy the desert scenery on the way in and out, and the other people in camp. The bunnies and wild donkeys are cute!
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Best Suited For: Families
Best Time to Travel Here: Mar - May
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