Amethyst Crystals at Last Chance Mine

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If you’re looking for Amethyst, Turquoise, or Agate then The Last Chane Mine, in Creede, CO, is the top location for Colorado rockhounds. 

This location is excellent for families, junior rockhounds, and old-timers but keep in mind it is a paid dig location.

Keep reading below to learn more about what to bring, types of clothing to wear, and driving directions.  We even provided a direct link to the hours of operation for the mine.

Types of Crystals

You won’t be disappointed by visiting this mine because you’re going to find all sorts of cool crystals and minerals to take home.

Here’s a list of the most popular finds.

  • Aquamarine – greenish-blue to blue in color.  Small to large crystals have been found.
  • Beryl – Mostly light green in color and crystals range in size as well
  • Black Tourmaline – You’ll find single crystals and crystals on Quartz matrix.
  • Rose Quartz – Large quantities can be found at this location.  It can be facet grade but most are used for cabochons.  If you orientate the stone correctly then it will exhibit a star-like reflection.


This mine is very popular because it offers so many crystals and minerals that are difficult to find at other locations.

banded amethyst

Tools and Tips For Crystals Digs

A crystal prospector will want to pack a variety of tools for this trip. They should have snacks and drinks in case they get thirsty or hungry, as well as packing materials for crystals and minerals collected onsite. Don’t forget about the weather and make sure to dress appropriately.

Must-Have Tools and Accessories 

  • Sunscreen
  • Big wheeled carts
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Thick cardboard trays (Find these at Costco)
  • Newspaper for packing
  • Hat or sombrero
  • Estwing rock hammer
  • 3 lb hammer
  • Shovel
  • Pick axe
  • Small hand rake
  • Small hand shovel
  • Small garden tools
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve (depends on weather)
  • Boots
  • Towels for drying off
  • Fresh clothes (you’re going to sweat)


Please take into consideration the local weather before you need to Creede.

Most importantly, have fun collecting these crystals.

Driving directions

The Last Chance Mine is a private mine that is only open on certain dates for public digs, therefore the official meeting place prior to being taken out to the mine is conveniently located only a couple of miles from the hotel and about a mile from the actual mine site.

Address: 504 Last Chance Mine Rd, Creede, CO 81130

Type or copy the GPS coordinates below into your Google or Apple Maps.

GPS Coordinates


Dig Schedule

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