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wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Escape: Glowing Minerals in the New Jersey Skylands

New Jersey
wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Escape: Glowing Minerals in the New Jersey Skylands

New Jersey
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $790 USD per person
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Trip Overview

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.

  • Underground UV mine tour
  • Local lore from paranormal professionals
  • Stargazing of the night sky
  • Locally grown, farm-fresh meals


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Madison Rose Whitman
Madison Rose is an Accredited Senior Gemologist. She is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She is also a member of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, and keeps abreast of the ever evolving gem and jewelry industry by continuing to pursue further gemological education. After experiencing life on a sustainable Tahitian Pearl farm, Madison's love for nature intensified, and she is excited to welcome you to an intimate peak into the depths of the Garden State.

Additional Info


The total cost of this trip is $790 per person.

Traveling Solo?

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.

Arrival & Departure

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.

Activity Level

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. 

  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip.
  • Camping site at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. 
  • All meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events listed in your itinerary.
  • Up to 10 lbs of fluorescent minerals for you to take home as a souvenir.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Sterling Hill Mining Museum has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places, hidden sites, and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, and around the Sklylands.
  • Camping equipment, including tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, etc.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
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Trip FAQ

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.

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