Directions to Lake Mountains-Banded Calcite Onyx: From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah. If you start digging above or below that layer you’ll probably end up doing a whole lot of work for nothing. The most important thing I’ve found is that once you find one, you’ll should find several others nearby in the same layer. Banded calcite is the mineral found there at that particular location. Some will tell you to search the grayish dirt. 7. I might suggest trying that as I know I’ve done that before and it was pretty accurate. HOURS. Turn left (East) onto US-20 toward US-89/Panguitch/Kanab, 3. Here you’ll find a road veering off to the left (South) through a ravine and up a small canyon. Although we are older and don’t get around very well I think this will be the most fun we can have in our older age. I’ve seen really tiny ones up on top where the road first comes onto the pits so I can only imagine that larger ones exist. Within the crystal pocket you’ll find yellow calcite and/or clear barite crystals or you may even find some pyrite or various fossils. See more ideas about Rock hounding, Rocks and minerals, Utah. Argenta. If you make it to that marker you’ll see material all up and down that wash there, but I’ll put this location next on my list of posts to write up. Eureka is a good choice though. We broke two chisels trying to get one of the larger pieces out. Since almost everything at this location is encrusted in a brownish or whitish clay, it is quite easy to lose track of these little specimens as you shovel and dig and explore about. for a little bit of heavy/dirty work to get the bigger pieces. Drive 2.76 miles on this main dirt road, 7. No Utah rockhounding resource would be complete without a section about the beloved Topaz Mountain near Delta, Utah. From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah, 1. This location is well known by many, but that hasn’t stopped it from producing amazing specimens for decades. Utah Rockhounding. The good thing is that the marker on the Google Map is SUPER accurate. Highway 89 is one of my favorite drives in Utah and I always enjoy being able to visit the three different rock shops all within a quarter mile of each other in the town of Orderville (as well as Joe’s rock shop just a mile or two North). When we were coming back down the main road, we parked at a little pullout where there was a for sale sign and saw digs and cuts all over the place. I had to be more specific in the title of this post since there are actually several different types of minerals and fossils at or near this location and we hope to return many times in the future and share with you all whatever we might find. I do not see any locations in northeast Utah (Uintas), are there any places to collect rocks and minerals? I haven’t been able to make a post about this site yet unfortunately. Banded calcite is the mineral found there at that particular location. I’ve had the opportunity to visit this site a few times in the last two years. I will get right on that! You’ll find lots of different information out there on how Septarians were formed so I won’t go into that too much here. I’ve heard of hills down by capitol reef just covered in selenite, but I’m not as familiar with the Richfield area unfortunately I’m sorry to admit. Drive North on I-15 toward Salt Lake City for 6.5 miles. In the meantime, I know there are a few websites that will translate a google pin into actual GPS coordinates. Maybe it is the proximity to the city or maybe it is the numerous people shooting their guns everywhere, but many pass right by without a second thought. We ended up driving right up a super sketchy side road only to find that we had passed the dig entirely. I should mention that this whole mountain was full of material (especially up and over the other side). It means making sure you have all the necessary gear, good boots, and bug spray (to deter all the mosquitoes, deer flies and black flies that love fresh blood) and patience. I wanted to at least get this information up before Spring in case anyone reading had some trips planned out around this area. Goethite, because of its chemical nature, often takes on the characteristics of other minerals. Directions to Lake Mountains-Banded Calcite Onyx: 6. You don’t list any directions to this spot. Rock Displays of Utah; Rock Shows; Rockhounding Rules; What to Take; Photo Gallery; Contact Me; Search for: Lake Mountains-Goethite Pseudomorph After Pyrite. Rockhounding Utah by William A. Kappele. Thanks everyone! Many people choose to bring along sifters to go through their own tailings often finding even better pieces than what they had dug out. Your email address will not be published. Nevertheless, many people are still able to find amazing quality cubes and clusters. The state's diverse terrain is home to numerous varieties of rare rocks, gemstones, and fossils. On the inside, between the outer clay shell and the crystal pocket inside, is a brown layer of aragonite. Geodes can be found amongst a portion of public BLM land, and digging deeper amongst previous excavation sights is likely to produce your best chances of finding good specimens. We are going out hunting this weekend over the holiday and I hope to have much more to report. You might even get lucky enough to find “pyritohedrons,” pentagonal dodecahedron-shaped pieces, although many have claimed that no such thing exists at this site. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Natural Resources Map & Bookstore Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site used to be a private claim owned by John Holfert back in the 1970s. He has lots of stories and can point you to quite a few collecting locations in that area. Registered Member. 1. Thanks so much! Turn left (Southwest) after the 2.76 miles for about 640 feet to a meeting of the roads, I’d recommend walking the last bit for step 8…, 8. These cubes and clusters are made up of the mineral Goethite. You may find many tourists nearby as this location puts you right in between several National Parks. This seems like a lot of fun and we love the outdoors. If you live in the area, it’s just outside of Vernon, Utah. Hi Karen! I hope to find some other locations closer to home very soon. A clickable map for different rockhounding sites located across the United States. “Septarian” comes from the latin septum (“partition”). Rock Hounding for Banded Calcite West of Utah Lake, UT - Duration: 17:15. Turn right (West) on the dirt road there (NOT the one into the Geneva gravel pit), 6. Introduction - Welcome to Utah 1. Hi Maren! Thank you so much for the incredible detail and care that went into creating this page, it’s seriously amazing. I went through and tried to reply to everyone who reached out to me via the contact form over the past several months, but please hit me up again if I missed you! If you are only interested in a specific show or two, you can always just add it to your calendar by opening a particular event and clicking the “copy to my calendar” link. These are not approximations. I’ll tell you to find what works for you and keep doing that. Type of rocks/minerals: TrilobitesLocation: West of Delta off of Highway 6Information: Antelope Springs is a world-famous location for the collection of trilobite fossils. Look for Mayflower exit 8. I hope to be able to add GPS coordinates for all the locations very soon. I do know that there is (or was) a location for a fibrous honeycomb calcite although I’m not sure of the exact spot (or its current ownership status). But that is a story for a different day I suppose. Utah is known by some as the Rock Hounding Capital of the United States! From what I understand, just about any cut or dig you come across in this area should have some type of calcite coming out of it and this proved to be true in our wanderings. I love being outdoors and I am amazed at the beauty that surrounds us. I have been recently been scouting out places closer to Provo/Orem area since that is where I live, but have mostly come up empty. It is just the location. My wife and I drive from Layton Utah to visit our kids and grand kids in Parachute Colorado frequently and would like to stop at some of the sites you have listed here. About This Book viii. We are 62 years old and almost retired and would to have a hobby we can do together. At any rate, this long trip South can be quite rewarding. We are coming to Utah for a vacation from CA and I have a rock-obsessed 14-year-old who wants to go rockhounding every day. In the town of Panguitch, turn left (East) and continue on US-89. Find a rockhounding site near you easitly by using this map. The public is not allowed to retrieve trilobites from the rock face of the quarry, but visitors can collect fossils from the piles of loose rock pulled from the quarry by commercial collectors. The three major tributaries to the lake, the Jordan, Weber and Bear rivers, together deposit around 1.1 million tons of minerals in the lake each year. You can find pieces and chips of the material all over the ground, but I would HIGHLY recommend a shovel, a sledge, chisels, pry bars, a brush, a spray bottle, etc. Directions to Lake Mountains-Banded Calcite Onyx: From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah. Turn left (South) onto Redwood Road and drive another 8.3 miles to the Dyno Nobel plant turnoff, 5. Drive North on I-15 toward Salt Lake City for 6.5 miles, 2. Drive 20.5 miles on US-20 until you run into US-89. Some will tell you to search in the orange colored dirt. The gentleman (sorry, I can’t remember his name) is quite knowledgeable about the Southern and Central Utah rock hounding scene. I expect the bigger draw to this area are legends of old Spanish gold mines and treasure troves that anyone might stumble upon any day. I’ve found some of the best clusters even just walking the grounds. As opposed to other forms of calcite such as dogtooth calcite, optical calcite, etc. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Goethite Pseudomorphs at Pelican Point are really fun and there is a lot of other material around that area. The Lake Mountains cover that whole mountain range along the Western side of Utah Lake. Speaking of rock and mineral shows, I’ve updated the https://rockhoundingutah.com/miscellaneous/rock-shows/ page for 2017. Utah Rockhounding Sites x. Map Legend xi. Dig down deep enough to the bedrock and you might just find some more world class sized clusters. From Salt Lake drive east to Park City then follow signs East towards Heber. Rockhounding Utah for Geodes, Fossils and More! You’ll find one such piece on display at the Natural History Museum at the University of Utah. Drive 3.5 miles in a Northwest direction until a turnoff veers off to the right, 7. That is an area I still have yet to explore! I have made every effort to mark these points as close to the actual areas as possible (usually within a few feet). Rockhounding in Utah Utah is an excellent destination for rock hounding. The lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric pluvial (fed by rainfall) lake that once covered much of western Utah. Post Sep 05, 2008 #6 2008-09-05T04:03. We are looking to grab some selenite slabs while in Richfield….any particular suggestions? I did purchase a GPS a year or two ago and haven’t had the time to figure out how to use it yet ha ha ha. If you ever have any trouble locating any of the places on the map please feel free to comment below or shoot me an email from the contact form. Another Nomadic Adventure rockhounding Sunstone Knoll located north of Clear Lake road on Highway 257 in Millard County, Utah. ps. At any rate, I hope that when you do go that you run into the same success we ended up having. The colors ranged from a honey yellow all the way to the rootbeer dark brown. Continue less then a mile up the road and you will arrive. I retired 8 years ago and got the hounding bug about the same time. Anyway, I figure now that we have somewhat of a reader base here, that I’d promote a new rock show. That is fun for kids because of all the different patterns and such. Continue driving on Pioneer Crossing for another 5.3 miles. You’ll want to continue up some switchbacks and across a field for about .75 miles to the dig site, 8. Take exit 278 in American Fork and keep left (West) onto Pioneer Crossing (.4 miles) 3. Thanks for sharing your locations. You can probably Google and find some UGS mineral surveys and even read about different finds around that area. The cracks that create the partitions are highly variable in shape and volume making each one unique. From what I understand, the majority of the clay filled piles in this cut are actually the tailings from this operation. (You’ll pass another claim with an excavator on site right before hitting this location. Rockhounding Utah Table of Contents: Acknowledgments vii. . May 7, 2012 - This Pin was discovered by Amber Gurr. I’ve also heard of a very thin layer of shale containing emeralds similar to the ones found in Colombia near that same calcite location. Sometimes, the ground has shifted and the layers won’t exactly line up, but I found more success when I followed a particular layer. The vein itself appeared to run vertically right up the mountain. Other than that you could try Spanish Fork Canyon for some fossils. Let us know how you do! Here we have a wonderful Fibonacci sequence in a Fossilized Ammonite which developed inside of a Septarian Nodule from Southern Utah! I would like some GPS coordinates as well please. Finding Your Way 3. 4. Anyway, thank you all for reading. Continue driving on Pioneer Crossing for another 5.3 miles, 4. Jul 19, 2019 - The past few weekends Big J and I have had to keep the trips close to home since we had other stuff going on, but this should never be an excuse to not come back with awesome stuff Our destination this time was in the Lake Mountains just west of Utah Lake and South … Continue reading Lake Mountains-Banded Calcite Onyx → Large parts of it had been exposed and, after a few sprays with the spray bottle, we immediately recognized the banding. From here, the road can get a little nasty and I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a car. I’ve included a picture in this post of a Pyrite cube cluster next to a Goethite Pseudomorph cluster for your reference. If you look on the map on the locations page I placed the pin right on the dig we ended up going past and coming back to. Thank you for all your help. 801-537-3300 (phone) 801-537-3400 (fax) Mailing Address: PO BOX 146100 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114. Otherwise, you’ll have to walk up the road and pop on over to the site. 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