Re: PLACES NEAR CENTRAL CALIF TO FIND PETRIFIED WOOD
One place I've heard of that's not too far from you is near the town of Coalinga. From Monterey go south on 101 to hwy 198 in San Lucas, and head east about 45 miles. Just about a mile before you reach Coalinga (where the McDonald's is) you'll see a turnoff heading right called Alcalde Road near some warehouses & equipment yards. Very soon you'll cross a creek (Wartham Creek). Turn around just after the creek and park. The wood occurs in the creek bed, along with some decent looking jasper.
The creek bed to the north was unfenced and unposted (2004), to the south it's fenced but unposted and patrolled by cattle. Focus on the gravelly areas for best results.
On your way in you'll have crossed said creek a half dozen or so times and collecting may be productive in those areas as well if you can do so without trespassing.
Good luck and if you come up dry the first time, try again after a rain.
Be sure to visit the museum in Coalinga if you get time. Probably best to call ahead to be sure it's open as hours may be erratic. I believe you'll see examples of the wood available there, and they may be able to steer you to other possible collecting areas.
From Jim - February 18, 2008 at 14:03:36