Discover one of the world’s greatest places to find topaz—a semi precious gemstone that occurs as hard transparent crystals in a variety of shades and the official gemstone for the state of Utah. Much to a rockhounder’s delight, there are many other gems and minerals found here including the much sought after rare Red Beryl, making this a popular destination for rockhounders from all over the world.

Topaz Mountain is composed of a volcanic rock known as rhyolite. Topaz crystals formed in cavities in the rhyolite. When first uncovered, it is amber in color, but it quickly turns clear when exposed to sunlight. If you search the washes and slopes on the south side of the mountain, you will find small topaz crystals glimmering in the sunlight. If you search for seams in the rhyolite, you may find gem-quality crystals.

Topaz Mountain is located in a remote area where there is no water or services available. When traveling to such areas, always carry food, water, tools, and emergency equipment.

To get there from Nephi, travel southwest on Highway 132 for about 34 miles to the town of Lynndyl and the junction with Highway 6. Continue south on U.S. Highway 6 for about 5 miles and then turn west onto the signed Brush Wellman Road. Drive northwest on the paved Brush Wellman Road for about 37 miles, to the signed dirt road leading up to Topaz Mountain. The mountain will be clearly visible at this point. The most popular rockhounding spots are along the mountain’s southern slope.

Topaz Mining Adventures offers guided rockhounding tours around various mining locations in Juab County.

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Topaz Mountain
Topaz Mountain
Topaz Mountain Utah
Topaz Mountain
Topaz Mountain