~ Rock Collecting Sites - Free and Fee ~
Fee Sites in US
| Fee Sites in Canada | Free
sites in US Including BLM Lands |
Once you know what you want to collect, finding rock and
mineral collecting sites requires some research on your
part. There are many resources available including local
libraries, geologic survey maps, older books garnered from
flea markets and used book stores, just asking around, and
the internet. Below you will find links to a host of free
and fee rock and mineral collecting sites. And if you have a
site you'd like to share,
please let us know!
US Fee Dig Sites and
- Apache Powder Plant: Selenite Roses, Banded
- Hull Mine: Calcite, Fluorite
- Arizona Back Country Trips: 22 Arizona Sites for collecting Agates, Jasper, Petrified Wood,
Chrysocolla, Desert Rose, Payson Crystal, and other minerals.
California State Gem Mine: Benitonite
Hangtowns Gold Bug Park and Mine: Gold
High Desert Gem and Minerals:
Oregon Sunstones (red labradorite)
Himalaya Tourmaline Mine:
Tourmaline, quartz, apatite, Morganite, Cleavelandite,
calcite, Lepidolite, feldspar, Stibiotantalite, topaz,
and spessartine garnet.
Pegmatite minerals including; Tourmaline in pink, green,
bi-colored and Black Smoky quartz crystals, Garnets,
Book Mica, Cleavelandite, Kunzite, Morganite, Goshenite
(water clear-beryl), Purple Lepidolite, Muscovite Mica,
Caledonia Mine: Native copper, silver, datolite,
quartz, feldspar, calcite, and epidote
quartz, feldspar, beryl, mica, amethyst, rose and smoky
quartz, garnet, gummite, autunite
Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine: Rubies, sapphires,
garnets, moonstones, rhodolite, rutile and sillimanite
Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine: Ruby
Emerald Hollow Mine:
Emerald, aquamarine, sapphire, garnet, ruby, topaz,
amethyst, citrine, rutile, tourmaline, smoky quartz,
Gem Mountain Brushy Creek: Aquamarine, crabtree
emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst,
Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine: Ruby, sapphire
Sheffield Mine: Rubies, sapphires
CANADA FEE DIG SITES
FREE DIG SITES INCLUDING BLM LANDS
Note: these may require registration or a permit. Always
check with local authorities before entering land and
collecting. A wide variety of rocks, minerals, and
semi-precious gemstones are available for collecting on the
million acres of lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management (BLM). Most BLM lands are open to rock
collecting, and some areas have been specifically set aside
for this purpose. There are collecting restrictions, and a
BLM permit may be needed depending on the amount of material
you collect, how you collect it, where or when you collect,
and whether or not it is used commercially.
ARIZONA: Agates, fire
agates, jasper, onyx and Apache tears, quartz, selenite,
gemstones, petrified wood, and common invertebrate and plant
Fossils are from the Cretaceous period - ocean fossils,
Black Rock Desert: Obsidian
Capitol Reef National Park Area: Agate, chert,
jasper, petrified wood
Dugway Geode Beds: Geodes
Marysvale: Bixbyite, rutile, amethyst
Rock Corral Canyon: Smoky Quartz, feldspar crystals
Topaz Mountain: Topaz, beryl, amethyst, garnet,
pseudobrookite, bixbyite, opal, and hematite
Vernon Hills: Wonderstone
Manti-La Sal National Forest: Birdseye marble (limestone)
Mount Nebo: Banded calcite ("Mt. Nebo onyx")
Sunstone Knoll: Sunstones (transparent, yellowish labradorite)
COLLECTORS CODE OF ETHICS
Where ever you collect, make
sure you follow the rock collectors code of ethics:
- Respect both private and public property, and do no
collecting on privately owned land without the owner's
- Keep informed of all laws, rules, and regulations
governing collecting on public lands, and observe them.
- Research, locate, and observe the boundary lines of
property on which you plan to collect.
- Stay out of old mines.
- Use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting
- Cause no willful damage to property of any kind -
fences, buildings, signs, etc.
- Leave all gates as found.
- Find out if there are any fire restrictions in
effect. Build fires only in designated or safe places,
and make sure that they are completely extinguished
before leaving the area.
- Discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes,
- Fill in any holes that you have dug.
- Do non contaminate wells, creeks, or other water
- Cause no willful damage to collecting material, and
take home only what you can reasonably use.
- Leave all collecting areas free of litter,
regardless of how you found them.
- Cooperate with field trip leaders and those
designated in authority in all collecting areas.
- Report to proper authorities any deposit of material
on public lands which should be protected for the
enjoyment of future generations.
- Appreciate and protect our heritage of natural
- Observe the "Golden Rule", will use good outdoor
manners, and will at all times conduct myself in a
manner that adds to the stature and positive public
image of Rockhounds everywhere.
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