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Mohawk Valley Mineral Mining is a Private Mine. 

We require everyone who is participating in one of our experiences, except Ground Zero and Virtual Digs, to be a Member.

Becoming a member is easy! When you arrive at Mohawk Valley Mineral Mining, you will pay your yearly membership fee of $25 per person for 2023. Dig fees are separate.

We created the memberships to encourage involvement and accountability. We want you to be proud to be a member and feel as MVMM is a second home

Member Benefits

  • Access to MVMM Mine and Facilities

  • An Official MVMM Hardhat

  • Transportation to and from the Dig Site

  • Free Tent Camping and Free Firewood

Membership Fees are Used For Members!

  • Improving MVMM Trails 

  • Transportation

  • Maintaining Dig Sites and Grounds

Day Dig

A Day Pass to dig at Mohawk Valley Mineral Mining.

Explore one of our many zones with unmatched freedom and options. From dirt to the ledge, you have some of the most bountiful material to work with.


An Official Guide will be available for light assistance throughout your Day Dig. They will help ensure your safety and experience throughout the day.

Find a fresh spot and work your way into the dirt, searching for loose crystals. Or find some promising ledge or dolostone rock to pop open pockets with unbelievable crystals.

Please arrive prompt. Arrival time is 8:30AM. Check in begins 9:00AM. Transport will take members down based on sign in times. Rides out of the dig site are scheduled for 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, and 6:00PM. No guaranteed transport between the hours of 10:30AM and 3:00PM. Please bring everything you need for the day and plan accordingly. We operate from 9AM - Close everyday of the week. Holiday hours may vary.

Adult - $100 per day
Child - $50 per day



*Automatically applied upon arrival. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Pocket Dig

Break into guaranteed success! We will set you up in a productive spot found by one of our experts where you are guaranteed to find a pocket. 


At Mohawk Valley Mineral Mining, we believe, with anything in life, you should strive to learn and get better. Come participate in our newly offered courses that take place every week, a perfect way to elevate your experience.

Educational Course

The Educational Course is perfect for beginners or those interested in crystal collecting.


Our 2-hour instruction with a knowledgeable guide offers a behind-the-scenes look at the MVMM mine, enhancing your future prospecting endeavors. Your guide will provide insights on mine geology, the forest ecosystem, and quartz crystal formation, answering your questions and offering expert guidance during hands-on digging.


Our mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the natural world through education, providing a personalized and enriching experience. By course end, you'll have gained valuable knowledge and skills for confident and successful prospecting. 

Ledge-Breaking Course

Join our one-of-a-kind Ledge-Breaking Course with MVMM Master Guide Jeff Apel, an experienced educator and hard worker who will make tackling the ledge less daunting. This 2-hour course introduces techniques, tools, and methods for efficiently moving dolostone ledge, empowering you to become a better prospector and expand your skill set.

From identifying the ideal starting point to utilizing proper tools and techniques for optimal efficiency and yield, you'll learn it all. Jeff's expertise and hands-on instruction will boost your confidence and mining abilities, taking you to the next level.

Exclusively designed for those seeking to enhance their experience, this course allows you to learn and demonstrate your strength against challenging rock. Unleash your full potential with our transformative Ledge-Breaking Course.

Machine Digs

machine dig quartz excavator

Gear Up for a One of a Kind Dig with Power.

This is a very interactive experience, and we encourage a positive attitude and willingness to work! Take collecting to an all new level by digging with power. Our most thrilling option yet, the machine dig makes you part of the crew. 

There are 3 options:


For those looking for a productive and dirty day in the woods. Scott will operate the excavator, moving mounds of fresh dirt for you to search through. Watch the machine do the hard work for you, then search the mixed fresh material in search of gems, goonies, and druse.

$800 includes 4 hours of machine assistance and day dig passes for 2 adults.
+ $100 per additional participant.
+ $200 for 4 hours with private guide


Not for the faint of heart. Scott will operate the excavator, tackling the tough dolostone ledge. Hammer, chisel, and repeat in the battle against some of the hardest rock in the country while searching for that pocket of crystal. Experience may be loud.

$1250 includes 4 hours of machine assistance and day dig passes for 2 adults.
+ $150 per additional participant.
FREE additional private guide assistance.




For those who want a shot at making history. Scott will operate the excavator for 6 hours in one of our unexplored zones! Who knows what we might find... Become an MVMM LEGEND and be part of developing a new zone! 

$2500 includes 6 hours of machine assistance for 4 people.
+ $250 per additional participant.
Includes name of participants in Zone Legacy Book.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Exclusive Machine Dig NOW.

Need more assistance? Call 518-914-9110 to discuss your Machine Dig options!

Please arrive 8:30AM. Check-in begins at 9:00AM. You will go to the machine dig area and begin prospecting. The machine will begin operating at 10:30AM - 10:45AM. Please view all service details prior to booking your machine dig.

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