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Below the winding roads of the New Jersey Skylands sits one of the state's most luminous hidden gems: the fluorescent mineral capital of the world. Guided by an expert gemologist, we’ll unlock the glowing secrets of these wondrous, world-famous caverns on a camping expedition like no other. We’ll explore former working mines with special UV lights, collect rare minerals in the dark, and observe the night sky with an expert—all while feasting on locally sourced meals. After gathering our luminous treasures from the hidden depths of the Skylands, we’ll settle around the campfire and cast an ear to some eerie local lore, recounted by members of New Jersey Paranormal.
The total cost of this trip is $790 per person.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.
For the two nights of this Escape, we’ll be camping on-site at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum—an exceptionally rare opportunity to slumber on a historic site. You’ll have your choice of campsites: out in the grassy open, under a covered pavilion with fans, or in the depths of the mine itself (if you dare). This rustic site will have plenty of space to set up tents, as well as any lounge chairs or camp games. You'll have access to bathrooms, an on-site shower previously used by miners, and access to a refrigerator & microwave if needed. Note that you’ll need to provide all of your own camping equipment, as well as your own water. We'll send you a recommended gear list closer to the date of the Escape.
This trip begins with an afternoon activity on Day 1. We recommend you arrive at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum by 4 p.m. that day. The trip concludes in the morning on Day 3. After that, you're welcome to extend your stay in the surrounding area or head on to your next adventure. We’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in New Jersey on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. As you'll be touring a mining site, you should be prepared to spend time in enclosed spaces and navigate natural obstacles in low-light.
The Sterling Hill Mine is a not-for-profit institution. Their resources support GEOSTEM education and scholarship programs as well as preserve the unique history of the site. Our farm-to-table chef-catered meals will directly support local farms, while other meals will also support locally owned businesses.
You'll be with guides as you tour the mine site, but note that you'll be in a formerly active work site. There will be dangerous equipment, heavy machinery, uneven terrain, and moments when we'll be in full darkness. Closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing, as well as safety glasses, will be required, and packing lists will be sent ahead of time.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if restrictions are provided in advance, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Access to camping on the mine is included in the ticket price; however, you're welcome to stay offsite if that's more comfortable to you. Guests who prefer not to camp are welcome to book their own stay offsite at one of the many local hotels, motels, and B&Bs.