First off, let me mention that I have only been to this location once. I later learned that the property is actually under private claim. I am unsure who the owner is or how one would contact them, but I met other people there when I went and I remember seeing evidence of lots of activity in that area so it would seem that most people disregard this fact. (For those interested, the rumor is that ebay user Carver2 is the owner of the claim).
This location is right next door to a geothermal plant and, from what I understand, the underground geothermal activity is actually what led to the formation of this unique type of opal. It is commonly called Bacon or Candy Strip Opal, but is also referred to as Hyalite Opal.
For those who have been North of Milford, you will already know that the area is extremely windy (You’ll pass hundreds of windmills on the way down from Delta). This usually makes for a great adventure and you may want to bring a kite or a pinwheel or something for the kids.
The opal is one of those things you really have to see with your own eyes to appreciate the attractiveness of this mineral. It is layered and the colors can range quite a bit. I’ve seen some of the cabs and other jewelry people have made from this type of opal and really is quite exquisite. The recurring colors I was seeing were yellow, white, brown, pink, red, orange, and grey.
I hope to return to this location in the future, but I’m hesitant with the knowledge that it is still most likely under claim. Nevertheless, it is a good location to add to Utah’s vast database of rockhounding opportunities!
The owner of the claim, Jerry, commented below and I want to include the information he provided in the post itself…
“Hello! My name is Jerry, and I was looking at your website and was very impressed with your description of the Milford Opal mine that I have leased from the State. I am offering Field Trips to the public by Scheduled Appointment.
So come and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family collecting these exquisite Opals!
One, 1 gal Bucket not to Exceed 10 lbs is only $ 40.00
One, 3 gal Bucket not to Exceed 30 lbs is only $ 80.00
One, 5 gal Bucket not to Exceed 50 lbs is only $100.00
Pricing Discounts for Large Groups and Clubs!
Just call: Jerry at (801) 503-8736 for a Date and Time.”
Directions to North of Milford:
From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah
1. Drive South on I-15 for 43.7 miles
2. Take Nephi exit 228 and keep right on Main Street (SW) for 2.7 miles
3. Turn Right (West) on W 100 North for 33.2 miles until you hit Highway 6
4. Turn left (South) on Highway 6 for 16 miles until you hit Highway 50
5. Take a right (West) into the town of Delta on Highway 50 for 5.5 miles
6. Turn left (South) on Highway 257 toward Milford for 65.0 miles and then take a left (East)
7. Drive for 7.2 miles and the destination will be on the right (South)