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Old 03-17-2014, 07:45 AM   #15
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Nevada and northeastern Ca. have some excellent petrified wood, rock and fossil collecting areas.
There are some restrictions on wood and fossils.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:41 AM   #16
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My wife and I are big time rockhounds! Our last foray was a stop near Mt. Ida, Arkansas, at the classic quartz locality. We camped right at the mine:

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Where the collecting was wonderful. Here's one of the cleaned-up pieces:

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I've been a collector since the 60's, and my original degree is in geological engineering. I knew The Dot was the gal for me when on our first road trip as a couple she came back with more rocks than I did! If anyone would like to do some trading... just let me know! Right now we are lining up collecting localities for a big-loop-out-west trip this summer.

(Shameless plug: I have a CD filled with the locations of every mine in the US. I sell it on eBay -or- trade it for Neat Stuff. Contact me via PM if you're interested!)
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:55 AM   #17
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Nevada and northeastern Ca. have some excellent petrified wood, rock and fossil collecting areas.
There are some restrictions on wood and fossils.
The wife and I go to northern Nevada every summer when she gets time off from school and dig for opals in the Virgin Valley off HWY 140 east of Lakeview, OR and north of Winnemucca, NV. Found some nice specimens down there. The Royal Peacock opal mine has RV site w/ full hook-ups, coin op laundry, ice, bottled soft drink machine, and a neat gift shop. Harry Wilson, the owner who is in his 80's now, has pretty much turned the day-to-day operations over to his kids now, but he is always on top of everything going on. The man is a true treasure in knowledge about area history, archaeology, and geology of the area. Worth stopping in if you're in the area. We usually spend 7~10 days there on our trip.
Been to Richardson Rock Ranch in Bend, OR too. Another place to stop at if you are in the area.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:28 AM   #18
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If you in the area of Virgin Valley, Plush Oregon has an area for collecting Sun Stones as well as a couple of pay to dig sites. There are quite a few sites in the book "Gem trails of Nevada" most of which are still productive.
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If you in the area of Virgin Valley, Plush Oregon has an area for collecting Sun Stones as well as a couple of pay to dig sites. There are quite a few sites in the book "Gem trails of Nevada" most of which are still productive.
Yes, been through Plush, OR too. A lot of good rock hounding sites throughout WA, OR, ID, CA,and NV.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:08 AM   #20
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Richardson Rock Ranch North of Madras Oregon has a Blue Opal bed you can collect at. We got many pounds of them. I have polished some. Also a Great place for digging Oregon Thundereggs. Last time there they charged $1.00 a pound. As Mike posted Oregon sunstones north of Plush, Oregon. I camped at the BLM camp site for free. Just walking across the ground I collected several tubs of sunstones.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:44 PM   #21
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Rock Hound State Park in NM is one state park I know of where they ask you to take rocks instead of putting you in jail for doing it.

Rock Hound State Park, a New Mexico park located nearby Deming
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Thundereggs

Here is a Thunderegg we collected then cut and polished. Some are for sale on the web site.
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Nice thunderegg! I'm getting antsy for spring to arrive. We thought (!) it was here, but snow is forecast for Wednesday. *sigh*
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