The Great Fossil Dig

Time to get down and dirty at the Gems of the West Parking Lot on July 4th between 11am and 6 pm. While you wait for the fireworks over the lake, come and dig for fossils and take away five different sorts as souvenirs.

Tickets $20 each for timed 15 minute slots may be bought on the day (first come) or in advance. The digging areas will be recharged with fossils before each new group start to dig. Every participant gets to take home five different fossils which we have obtained directly from the real fossil dig in northern Utah.

For advance booking please visit or telephone the shop (909-878-0415) during normal opening hours, then collect you ticket on the day.

We now offer a range of for replica dinosaur claws Ovirapator, T. Rex etc., and real fossilised Megladon teeth from the rivers of South Carolina. Also dinosaur bones; fossil shark tooth and dinosaur bone pendants alongside our amazing range of minerals, crystals, loose stones, birthstones, jewelry, metaphysical healing stones and bags for jewelry making or healing. You can buy whole geodes and, on some days, have them opened while you watch. We provide tours of the shop to help you learn about the items on display, where they come from and how they are formed. We answer questions such as:

  • Why is Amethyst purple and Smoky Quartz dark?
  • Why does Labradorite shine with beautiful colors?
  • What are the metals in a meteorite?
  • ....and many more

We tell you about the many frauds and scams which occur in the mineral market and how to tell if a stone is genuinely what the dealer says it is.

We also provide leaflets to take away, including a list of the named crystal and healing stones. Our affordable prices start at $1.

   Fun! Fun! Fun! for all ages at Big Bear Lake's only Rockshop.