The digging is simple all you need are clothes you can get a little dirty in and a small hand shovel.
We brought along the kids. My 3yr old loved the hike.
The views are quite spectacular.
After a couple of hrs you can come home with a fair amount of crystals. It's especially easy to collect after a nice rain storm, the crystals just shine back up at you and all you have to do is pick them up.
To get to the big crystals you have to dig but most of the little ones can be found fairly close to the surface.
Here we are sorting out 2 hikes worth of crystals.
Once you clean them and shine them up they are quite beautiful.