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Rock Hunting Groups
What to Collect and Where to Go
Collection Regulations
Also see:
Guide to Gem and Rock Hunting
   in the Edwards Area

Planning, Equipment and Safety
Overview of Collecting Areas

Bob's Rock Shop:  An extensive online publication for rock collectors and lapidary hobbyists

Rock Hunting Groups Address City (760)Phone
Antelope Valley Gem Club Shepherd Luthern Church, 20th St West Antelope Valley 661-943-5157
Meets 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm, with once a month field trips
Hi Desert Gold Diggers Inc 21955 Outer Highway 18 Apple Valley 247-6000
High Desert Rock Hounds of Morongo Valley 57271 29 Palms Hwy Yucca Valley 760-366-2990
Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7pm, but not July or August
Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society 527 W. Upjohn Ave Ridgecrest
Meets 4th Monday of the month, , 7:30 pm
Kern County Mineral Society Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road Bakersfield (661) 831-8488
AFMS and CFMS, Meetings: Third Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society 26547 W. Main St Barstow 255-1030
Meetings 1st Friday, 7pm
Mojave Mineralogical Society Community Bldg., Corner Boron Ave. & John St Boron 762-6575
Meetings 3rd Thursday, 7:30 pm
Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club Methodist Church, 10th Street West Palmdale 661-947-1306
Meets 4th Monday of the month, 7pm
Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 13337 Main St Trona 760-372-5356
Meets 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm
Valley Gems 9050 ½ W. Ave. J Lancaster 661-722-0773
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, weekly, 6:00pm
Victor Valley Gem And Mineral Club 15056-B 7th St Victorville 243-2330
4th Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm; Potluck 6-9pm

What to Collect and Where to Go

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Actinolite Wrightwood
Acton agates Hubbard Road, Solemint Junction
Black dendrites
Massive Red Garnet
Adelanto
Agate
Green Opal
Botryoidal Chalcedony
Agate Valley, Pearblossom
Black Jade with Magnetite
Verd Antique Marble
Spectacurlar Hematite
Victorville
Travertine Jasper
Petrified Wood and Palm
Banded Limestone
Boron
Rhyolite-Porphyry (Bugeye Rhyolite) Lucerne Valley
Agate
Borax
Celestite
Jasp-agate
Olivine
Petrified Palm
Petrified Palm
Satin Spar
Silver
Travertine
Calico, Mule Canyon
Petrified Palm Fiber and Wood
Chapinite
Jasper
Castle Butte near Edwards Air Force Base
Feldspar Crystals
Tiny Quartz Crystals
Cinco
Dendritic Agate
Agatized Palm Fiber and Wood
Petrified Bog
Four Corners
Petrified Wood
Jasp-Agate
Green Opal
Blue Agate
Dendritic agate nodules in basalt
Rosamond
Petrified Palm Root Last Chance Canyon, about 29 miles from Mojave. Now CLOSED.
Petrified Reed
Petrified Palm Fiber
Lonely Butte, about 11 miles from Mojave
Zircon
Allanite
Biotite Mica
Apatite
Moonstone
Pacoima Canyon in the heart of the Angeles National Forest
Glaucophane
Baraite
Diatomaceous Earth
Various other materials
Palos Verdes
Pink Rhodonite Randsburg
Fire Opal Red Rock Canyon
Gold (stream carried flakes and tiny nuggets) San Francisquito Canyon, near Saugus
Petrified Sharks Teeth
Fossils
Poor grade bone
Shark Tooth Hill
Howlite
Agate
Tick Canyon – Now Closed
Gemstone to Collect BLM Designated Areas, as of October 2001
Barstow Field Office
Jasper
Nodules
Opal
Opal Mountain
Black Mountain
5½ miles north of Fossil Bed Road via dirt road
Agate
Borax
Celestite
Jasper
Olivine
Petrified Wood
Satin Spar
Silver
Travertine
Olivine
Mule Canyon
3 miles north of Yermo
Agate
Calcite
Chalcedony
Jasper
Pyrite
Alvord Mine
7½ miles north of Manix via dirt road
Lava
Volcanic Bombs
Pisgah Crater
1 mile south of I-40 off of Route 66
Agate
Chalcedony
Geodes
Jasper
Cady Mountains
6 miles north of Pisgah via dirt road
Agate
Calcite
Chalicedony
Jasper
Nodules
Afton Canyon
1½ miles southeast of Afton off ramp via dirt road
Banded Agate
Moss Agate
Geodes
Jasper
Onyx
Broadwell Dry Lake
6 miles north of Ludlow via Crucero Road; west to hilly area
Azurite
Turquoise
Halloran Spring
Turquiose Mountain, North of Halloran Springs
Desired Mineral or Artifact Collection Regulations
Petrified Wood The collection of petrified wood is governed by regulations found in Part 3622 of Title 43 CFR. Persons may collect petrified wood for non-commercial purposes without charge, from public lands. There is a limit of 25 pounds per person per day, plus one piece (to avoid breaking a large piece) to a maximum of 250 pounds per year.
Vertebrate Fossils The collection of vertebrate fossils is illegal on public lands without a paleontological permit. Violators will be prosecuted under the "theft of government property" provision of 18 USC (United States Code), section 641, and may face a minimum fine of $1,000 and a year in jail, and up to $10,000 and 10 years in jail. Permits to paleontologists are available from BLM State Offices.
Prehistoric Artifacts Virtually all sources of colored silica (agate, chalcedony, jasper, obsidian, etc.) have been historically used by Native Americans in the building of weapons and other tools. The collection of any artifacts, including projectile points, ovate bifaces, cores, flakes, and all other material worked by prehistoric cultures and now found on public lands, is prohibited by the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, without an archaeological permit; such permits may be obtained from BLM State Offices.
Rock for Decorative Purposes With respect to the collecting of decorative veneer stone, the Barstow Field Office considers a "reasonable quantity" to be not more than can be carried in the trunk of a car.
Mining Claims The requirements for location of mining claims on public lands for commercial mineral development is contained in various Federal Regulation. The information is also available in an easily-readable publication entitled "Discovery, Location, Recordation, and Assessment Work for Mining Claims in California." This publication can be purchased at any BLM office. BLM field offices also have a set of microfiche records listing active and abandoned mining claims.
Maps Desert Access Guide Maps showing the distribution of public and private lands are available for sale at BLM offices. These maps can be purchased at any BLM office.

Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Rd
Barstow, CA 92311
760-252-6000

Needles Field Office
101 W. Spikes Rd.
Needles, CA 92363 760-326-7000

Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-384-5400

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2796 Tanger Way, Suite 106
760-253-4813

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