Originally Posted by M_C
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.