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~ Rock Collecting Sites - Free and Fee ~

BOOKMARKS: Fee Sites in US  |  Fee Sites in Canada  |  Free sites in US Including BLM Lands | Collectors Code

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. Please make sure to contact any prospective site directly for current mining and collecting rules and availability. If you are specifically looking for gold panning and mining also see our list of gold panning sites. And if you have a site you'd like to share, please let us know!

US Fee Dig Sites and Excursions

ALABAMA

ALASKA

ARIZONA

  • Apache Powder Plant: Selenite roses, banded rhyolite
  • Hull Mine: Calcite, fluorite, galena, quartz, wulfenite, possibly vanadinite
  • Arizona Back Country Trips: 22 Arizona Sites for collecting Agates, jasper, petrified wood, chrysocolla, desert rose, payson crystal, and other minerals.

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

CONNECTICUT

COLORADO

FLORIDA

  • Fossil Expiditions: Bones and teeth of ancient mammoths, mastodons, camels, sloths, horses, tortoises, jaguars, saber-toothed cats, capybaras, tapirs, giant armadillos, whales, dolphins and sharks.
  • Fort Drum Crystal Mine (Ruck's Pit): Shell fossils, calcite crystals

GEORGIA

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

KENTUCKY

MAINE

MARYLAND

MICHIGAN

  • Caledonia Mine: Native copper, silver, datolite, quartz, feldspar, calcite, and epidote

MINNESOTA

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Ruggles Mine: Mica, quartz, feldspar, beryl, mica, amethyst, rose and smoky quartz, garnet, gummite, autunite

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OREGON

SOUTH CAROLINA

UTAH

VIRGINIA

  • Morefield Gem Mine: Topaz, garnets, quartz, amethyst, mica, feldspar, beryl, phenakite, amazonite

WYOMING

CANADA FEE DIG SITES

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

US 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, petrified wood

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO: Semi-precious gemstones, petrified wood, and common invertebrate and plant fossils

CONNECTICUT: Almandine, aquamarine beryl, autunite, columbite, elbaite, gahnite, hyalite opal, lepidolite samarskite-Y, spessartine, and uraninite

IOWA

NEW JERSEY

  • Poricy Park: Fossils are from the Cretaceous period - ocean fossils, shells, teeth

OREGON

OKLAHOMA

UTAH

COLLECTORS CODE OF ETHICS
Where ever you collect, make sure you follow the rock collectors code of ethics:

  1. Respect both private and public property, and do no collecting on privately owned land without the owner's permission.
  2. Keep informed of all laws, rules, and regulations governing collecting on public lands, and observe them.
  3. Research, locate, and observe the boundary lines of property on which you plan to collect.
  4. Stay out of old mines.
  5. Use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting areas.
  6. Cause no willful damage to property of any kind - fences, buildings, signs, etc.
  7. Leave all gates as found.
  8. 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.
  9. Discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes, etc.
  10. Fill in any holes that you have dug.
  11. Do non contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
  12. Cause no willful damage to collecting material, and take home only what you can reasonably use.
  13. Leave all collecting areas free of litter, regardless of how you found them.
  14. Cooperate with field trip leaders and those designated in authority in all collecting areas.
  15. Report to proper authorities any deposit of material on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations.
  16. Appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
  17. 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.

Inland Lapidary makes every effort to provide accurate, error-free, up-to-date links and information. Inland Lapidary cannot, however, make any guarantees that any information is accurate or up-to-date. Ultimately, the user is responsible for verifying that the information is correct and current. If you do find a broken link, please let us know.