Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Eastern Oregon: Your Guide to Oregon Sunstone

Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Eastern Oregon: Your Guide to Oregon Sunstone

Are you planning on embarking on a journey to Eastern Oregon this year to search for Oregon's beloved state gem, Oregon Sunstone? Eastern Oregon holds a special place in our hearts. It is where the allure of mining Oregon Sunstones called to us years ago when we first became fascinated with this unique gem. Nestled amidst rugged landscapes and charming small towns, the remote area surrounding the Oregon Sunstone mines offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rugged hospitality. Our experiences in this region have been memorable and full of wonder, and we are thrilled to encourage you to explore this diverse area, and offer a few lodging options available to visitors seeking to discover the treasures of this unique high desert region.

The People Behind the Mines

At the heart of Eastern Oregon's Sunstone mines are dedicated individuals who carefully work to unearth these precious gems. Their commitment to the land ensures that each sunstone is unearthed as sustainably as possible. The miners adhere to strict regulations and work long hours in the short season available to them. The high desert  lifestyle serves as a testament to their skill and proves their perseverance. There are several privately owned mines, some such as the Spectrum Sunstone Mine in Plush, OR. and Double Eagle Mine, that offer  options for the public to visit and for a mining fee you can keep what you find from a designated area of fresh ore, others are completely private. Be sure to do your research before embarking to any privately owned mines. The Bureau of Land Management has a page on their website dedicated to Mining for Oregon Sunstone on public lands. We highly recommend checking it out. 

Exploring the Wilderness

Eastern Oregon boasts numerous campgrounds and recreational areas, providing visitors with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the region's rugged beauty. Whether pitching a tent under the starlit sky in the dispersed camping allowed for free in the BLM public areas, or one of the designated campgrounds in the area, be sure to come prepared with appropriate gear and enough water for your stay.

Discovering Small Town Charm

Surrounding the sunstone mines are "wild west" looking small towns, each offering its own unique character and charm. For those planning a stay in Eastern Oregon, a variety of lodging options await. For a developed hot springs experience, the Neon Cowboy Roadhouse at Hunter's Hot Springs offers cozy newly refurbished rooms and a great pool fed by natural hot springs. 

What to do with your Oregon Sunstones?

Once you have found Oregon Sunstones there are many possibilities that you can explore in regards to what to do with them. These raw gems can be expertly faceted to showcase their natural brilliance, or polished into smooth cabochons, perfect for adorning a custom piece of heirloom jewelry. No matter what state they are in, you will forever cherish the raw beauty of these stones which will serve as a timeless keepsake, preserving the essence of Oregon's natural treasures.

For ages the timeless allure of Oregon Sunstone and the captivating beauty of the Oregon Outback has drawn people who crave the remote nature of the area.. Whether seeking our state gem, adventure, relaxation, or simply a deeper connection to nature, Eastern Oregon offers something for everyone. Plan your visit today and experience the magic of this enchanting destination.

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