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Colorado Rockhounding Order This Book
Colorado Rockhounding
A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones and Fossils
by Stephen M. Voynick
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 372 pages, copyright 1994
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Covering more than 350 of Colorado's mineral, gemstone, and fossil collecting sites, Colorado Rockhounding provides rock hunters with an overview of the state's geologic origins and mining history, along with guidelines for safe, legal, and responsible rockhounding. Illustrated county by county descriptions reveal geologic and historic treasures in every corner of the state. Tips for field identification of 76 Colorado minerals ensure successful outings, even for neophyte collectors.

Whether you yearn to follow dinsaur tracks on hogback ridges, pan gold in mountain streams, hunt gemstones on towering peaks, or prospect in historic mining districts, let Colorado Rockhounding be your guide.


Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West Order This Book
Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West
by James and Jeannette Monaco
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 240 pages, copyright 2007
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This unique guide will direct you to a wide variety of "fee and free" rockhounding and mineral adventures throughout the western United States. Using this up-dated and revised edition of Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West you can visit 100 collecting locations plus 153 museums, caves, points of interest, fairs and festivals. Digging locations are varied and include fee mines, gold prospecting areas, collecting sites for rocks, minerals and fossils, and adventure and cave tours.

Whether you are a casual hobbyist, a serious collector, or a family vacation, Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West will be your indispensable guide to new rockhounding and prospecting adventures. It will show you where to mine for brilliant sapphires in Montana, find a petrified dinosaur bone in Colorado, collect smithsonite in New Mexico, precious fire agates in Arizona, and coveted opal in Nevada. You'll visit numerous mines and historic sites of the California gold rush. Search for fossilized fish and dinosaur bones in Wyoming. Discover gold in rivers and streams in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Organized by state, site information includes seasons and times of operation, address and contact information, cost, tools, and supplies needed. Interesting history, regional attractions, and camping information help make your trip even more enjoyable. Includes sites and points of interest in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Florida's Geological Treasures Order This Book
Florida's Geological Treasures
by Iris Tracy Comfort
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 128 pages, copyright 1998
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Florida is a land of geological wonders, from its little-known earthquake history to the rich new fossil hunting grounds constantly being revealed by commercial development and quarrying activity. Much more than a fashionable resort or retirement destination, Florida ranks fifth in mineral production among all the United States. Florida's surprising mineral wealth ranges from commercial mines to coral islands; from valuable industrial metals like zirconium and titanium to such collectable treasures as chalcedony, petrified wood, ivory and stunning crystals.

You can gather Florida's mineral riches from the waters of the state's 34 major rivers, or find them waiting in the darkness of its 375 dry caves. Alongside a wondrous number of fossil remnants of such prehistoric creatures as jaguar, tapir, and mammoth, you will unearth arrowheads, stone knives, spear points and other relics of the tools early man hunted them with. Florida's Geological Treasures will show you where to collect every type of mineral and fossil in Florida, and explain their origin and geologic history. Maps of the collecting areas, tips on carving, collecting, tools, and techniques for identifying and preserving your finds will help you to prepare to uncover the remarkable variety, beauty and wealth of Florida's geological treasures.

Florida's Geological Treasures is organized into 10 chapters dividing the state into zones and geologic provinces: (1) What Can You Find?; (2) Collecting And Then Identifying; (3) Northern Highlands Zone; (4) Marianna Lowlands Zone; (5) Special Hunting Territory: Caves, Rivers, Springs, Sinks; (6) Gulf Coastal Lowlands Zone; (7) Southern Zone; (8) Eastern Coastal Lowlands Zone; (9) Central Highlands Zone; and (10) Central Highlands Zone Phosphate Area. An eight-page section features color photographs of Florida mineral specimens. Appendices include (A) Gem, Mineral and Fossil Clubs; (B) Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Museums and Exhibits; (C) Additional Information and Resources on Florida Geology; and (D) Text of Florida Law Regarding Caves and Fossils.

If you are interested in rockhounding or artifact collecting in Florida, you will appreciate the information in this guide.


Gem Trails of Arizona Order This Book
Gem Trails of Arizona
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 272 pages, copyright 2009
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Arizona is known the world over for the abundance and variety of its geological treasures. In a landscape as diverse as the minerals themselves, this rich trove of gemstones can be found in sites ranging from arid desert to pine-covered peaks. Newly revised, the fourth edition of this best-selling guide contains the latest updates on the familiar sites and features twenty new locations for collecting rocks, minerals, crystals, and fossils, more than 90 collection sites in all!

Gem Trails of Arizona features detailed text describing where to go and what to look for at each site, maps for each site pinpointing the best supplies of specimens, photographs depicting the collecting areas, a new glossary to help you identify your finds, and a full color photographic portfolio of spectacular Arizona gems. Filled with expert advice based on years of experience, Gem Trails of Arizona is an indispensable handbook for the rockhound who is just starting to explore the wealth of this colorful state. The seasoned collector too will find this an invaluable reference.


Gem Trails of Colorado Order This Book
Gem Trails of Colorado
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 224 pages, copyright 2007
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Colorado is known for its mineral and geologic diversity formed over the eons by violent tectonic and volcanic forces. This updated and expanded second edition of Gem Trails of Colorado features over 90 locations, including 27 new sites, where collectors can explore the mineral, gem and fossil treasure troves of Colorado in areas as varied as the minerals themselves. Your trips will take you through spectacular scenery, fascinating history, and interesting cities and towns.

These sites offer enthusiasts the opportunity to study or collect over 80 different minerals and numerous types of fossils. Agate and jasper, amazonite crystals, blue barite, feldspar, fluorite, garnet, geodes, opal, rhodochrosite, quartz crystal, topaz and tourmaline are just some of the specimens that rockhounds can add to their collections.

This indispensable guide features clear maps and directions, detailed descriptive text, numerous site photos, a full color specimen photo insert, safety tips and collecting guidelines, lists of rock and mineral clubs, mineral museums and mine tours and a mineral locator index and glossary.

From old abandoned mines to road cuts along the routes, from remote collecting areas to fee mining locations with all the modern amenities, there is something here for the amateur and experienced gem and fossil hunter alike within the pages of this updated edition of Gem Trails of Colorado.


Gem Trails of Nevada Order This Book
Gem Trails of Nevada
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2002
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Completely revised and updated with 28 new sites, Gem Trails of Nevada is the collector's guide to over 75 of the best gem, fossil and mineral collecting areas the Silver State has to offer. From opal mines and mountain passes to abandoned ghost mining towns and parched deserts, the extensive landscape and mineral wealth of Nevada is still out there for the avid gem and mineral collector. Find out where to look, what to look for, what to bring, how to get there and what you can expect to find. And along the way you can expect to enjoy some of the natural wonders and earthly treasures that only Nevada has to offer.

Sites are divided into four geographical regions and are presented with directions, rockhounding tips, descriptive text, updated highway and site maps, and numerous black and white photos. Also included are a handy mineral locator index, a glossary, lists of museums, rock clubs, government agencies and a full-color insert of rock, fossil and mineral specimens found within Nevada's prolific borders. More than 75 locations throughout the state.


Gem Trails of New Mexico Order This Book
Gem Trails of New Mexico
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 280 pages, copyright 2010
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New Mexico is a rockhound's paradise - 122,000 square miles, some mountainous and forested, but much of it is arid with little vegetation. Large amounts of public land are available for collecting. From micromount and gem quality mineral specimens, to fossil pieces containing life forms that are millions of years old, there is something of interest to both the novice and experienced collector.

Divided into four geographical regions, detailed maps, driving directions, descriptive text and helpful rockhounding tips lead collectors from the geologic wonderland of Bisti to the unbelievable variety of collectibles at the Rockhound State Park. New Mexico's extensive landscape and mineral wealth are highlighted here in color as well as black and white photographs. This latest fully revised edition of a classic, best-selling rockhound guide adds 34 new sites, updates the old ones, and details the finest rock, mineral and gem sites "The Land of Enchantment" has to offer. More than 100 locations throughout the state.


Gem Trails of Northern California Order This Book
Gem Trails of Northern California
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2005

There is jade, often occurring in qualities rivaling that from Wyoming or Burma; beautiful pink rhodenite, as fine as can be found anywhere; and the most diverse variety of gem obsidian in the entire country, if not the world. Weekend prospectors can even pan successfully for gold in the legendary gold rush country. Detailed text and maps lead the rockhound to beautiful scenery and fascinating rocks and minerals.

Full-color photos of specimens found at the end of the gem trail make identification easy. Black and white photos help locate collecting sites that include pine covered mountains, barren desert and beautiful beaches. From popular and commercial sites to those little known, out of the way places, this is the most complete guide to gem, fossil and mineral collecting in Northern California.


Gem Trails of Southern California Order This Book
Gem Trails of Southern California
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 215 pages, copyright 2003
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From sandy beaches to desert landscapes, this revised edition is the definitive guide to collecting sites throughout Southern California. For agate to zoisite, find out where to search and find the best specimens that the area has to offer. Taking up where Gem Trails of Northern California left off, this companion book introduces 14 new sites and covers all of Southern California from just north of San Luis Obispo south to the Mexican border and all site points in between.

Detailed maps and descriptive text lead the rockhound to over 82 of the best collecting locales for gems, minerals and fossils. Numerous black and white photos aid in locating the collecting area and selective color photos help with specimen identification. Includes a handy mineral locator index, glossary and helpful contact information lists. Full of helpful hints for getting the most out of each site, the author becomes your personal tour guide to the many treasures that Southern California has to offer. Ideal for the novice and an important addition to any experienced rockhound's collection, Gem Trails of Southern California is a must for any rock collector exploring this diverse region.


Gem Trails of Utah Order This Book
Gem Trails of Utah
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 232 pages, copyright 2006
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Welcome to rockhounding in Utah! You'll find many unique opportunities in a landscape as diverse as the gems, minerals, and fossils found here. There are trunks of petrified wood, faceting grade labradorite, topaz crystals of a color and clarity that rival any found anywhere, boulders of obsidian, delicate halite crystals and much, much more. Detailed text and maps lead the gem hunter to abandoned mine dumps, stunning desert terrain, deep canyons, pristine mountains and beautiful lakes in the search for specimens.

Black and white photos highlight the collecting area. A color section aids in specimen identification. This latest edition of a classic, best-selling guide is invaluable for the rockhounds just starting out, filled with expert advice and years of experience. For the collector who has been discovering Utah's treasures for years, it is an outstanding source of the old and the new sites in one handy volume. More than 75 locations throughout the state.


Gem Trails of Washington Order This Book
Gem Trails of Washington
by Garret Romaine
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 200 pages, copyright 2007

The first comprehensive collecting guide of its kind for the Evergreen State, Gem Trails of Washington covers all four corners of the state, from the misty shores of the Olympic peninsula to dust-dry ghost towns and abondoned mines near Metaline Falls. Washington's diverse geology, ranging from fossil-rich Cambrian locales to seams of agate and jasper amid recent basalt flows, is explored in great detail.

Along the trails in this book you will find: gem-quality quartz scepters at Hansen Creek, stunning jade boulders near Darrington, the stonerose fossil beds at Republic, blue agate at Teanaway and Ellensburg, and petrified wood at Saddle Mountain near Mattawa, along with other sites with world-class material still available for dedicated collectors. Ranging from family-friendly walks along streams and rivers to hard-rock mining in the high Cascades, the locales are divided into four geographic regions. Sites are presented with detailed directions, site maps, GPS readings, descriptive text and numerous black and white photos. A handy mineral locator index, glossary, list of rock clubs and a full-color photo insert of rock, fossil and mineral specimens will enhance your collecting experience.


The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails Order This Book
The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails
by David A. Kelty
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 294 pages, copyright 2007
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Rock and gem collecting the GPS way! Maps and compasses have been the standard for locating collecting sites for decades, but now there is an alternative way to find your destination - The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails, now revised and expanded to include Texas. Compiled by a veteran rockhound, this handy supplemental GPS guide directs you to the best collecting sites found in the Gem Trails book series as well as other popular rockhounding guides for Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Beginning with an introduction and a highway map for each state, the north latitude, west longitude, DeLorme map page, section/township/range, 7.5 minute quadrangle sheet and jurisdiction are provided for each collecting site. A major waypoints section is also included for major cities, junctions and sites with county, latitude and longitude listed. Lists of national parks and monuments, places of special interest, government agencies, rock and mineral societies contact information and a helpful site index make this an indispensable tool for GPS users. With over 1,360 locations to chose from, The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails is a reliable location tool to complement the guidebook collection of every serious rock and fossil collector.


Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Order This Book
Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 203 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining in the Northeast United States, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest rest rooms.

Included are resources for identifying your finds, having them made into jewelry, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.


Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Order This Book
Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 177 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.


Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Order This Book
Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 189 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Order This Book
Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 205 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.


Rockhounding Arizona Order This Book
Rockhounding Arizona
A Guide to 75 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Gerry Blair
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 218 pages, copyright 2008

A complete guide to finding, collecting and preparing Arizona's gems and minerals. Search for gold in the Superstition Mountains. Dig for turquoise at the foot of the Hieroglyphic Range. Hunt for jasper in the historic mining district near Bagdad. An outstanding sourcebook for experts and novices alike, Rockhounding Arizona points the way to seventy-five of the best rockhounding sites in Arizona, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser-known sites on public land.

Inside Rockhounding Arizona you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers


Rockhounding Colorado Order This Book
Rockhounding Colorado
by William and Cora Kappele
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 241 pages, copyright 2004

A fascinating treasure hunt awaits you in the Centennial State. Rockhounding Colorado takes you to nearly 100 of the best rockhounding sites in the state. Search for amethyst and quartz at the Crystal Hill Mine. Check out the view at Douglass Pass while looking for leaf imprints and insect fossils. Or head to Saint Peters Dome to uncover green, white and purple fluorite.

Veteran rockhounders William and Cora Kappele lend their more than 30 years experience, outlining some of the best places to turn up rhodonite, agate, pyrite, and more. You'll get the inside dirt on the best seasons to hunt, what you'll find at each site, where to spend the night, and even special attractions to visit while you're in the area.

Inside Rockhounding Colorado you'll find:
• Detailed descriptions of each site
• Information on what tools to bring
• Advice on what kind of vehicle is needed to get to each site
• Lists of BLM, County office, and National Forest contact information

Whether you're a beginner or veteran collector, let Rockhounding Colorado be your guide on your next rockhounding adventure.


Rockhounding Montana Order This Book
Rockhounding Montana
A Guide to 91 of Montana's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Montana Hodges and Robert Feldman
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 217 pages, copyright 2006

Search for stunning Montana agate along the Yellowstone River. Hunt for sapphires at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine. Help paleontologists excavate dinosaurs in Malta. Rockhounding Montana points the way to the best rockhounding in the state, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser known sites on public land. This guide is an excellent sourcebook for experts and novices alike.

Inside Rockhounding Montana you'll find:
• Detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions and local history


Rockhounding Nevada Order This Book
Rockhounding Nevada
A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by William A. Kappele
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 240 pages, copyright 1998

A complete guide to finding and collection Nevada's gems and minerals. Rockhounding Nevada is a must-have book for anyone interested in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and gems in the Silver State. Fully up to date with GPS coordinates for more than 100 collecting locales, it covers popular and widely known fee-dig operations as well as four-wheel-drive adventures into the desert and long winding drives through the mountains. The result is a complete and accurate guide to Nevada's gem and mineral deposits.

William Kapple - a veteran rockhounder in the West with more than 40 years of experience - concisely describes the best places to locate agate, opal, jasper, fossils, fluorescent minerals, obsidian, chalcedony, wonderstone, malachite, petrified wood, limb casts, and much more.

Inside Rockhounding Nevada you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping


Rockhounding New Mexico Order This Book
Rockhounding New Mexico
A Guide to 140 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Ruth Vaskys and Martin Freed
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 257 pages, copyright 2008

A complete guide to finding, collecting, and preparing New Mexico's gems and minerals. More than a third of New Mexico is public land that holds untold quantities of mineralogical treasure. With this book anyone can learn where to find unusual mineral displays, fossils, jasper, agate and petrified wood - not to mention more obsidian than one rockhound could possibly collect in a lifetime. And outstanding resource for experts and novices alike, Rockhounding New Mexico points the way to 140 of the state's best rockhounding sites, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser-known sites on public land.

Inside Rockhounding New Mexico you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions, and local history


Rockhounding Utah Order This Book
Rockhounding Utah
by William A. Kapple
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 180 pages, copyright 1996

As author William Kapple reminds us in the introduction to Rockhounding Utah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Accordingly he gives us "just the facts" that rockhounds need to know to find their way to the best collecting sites in the Beehive State and what mineral samples, rocks and formations are to be found there. Still, most readers will find between the lines that the author can't quite squelch his enthusiasm for the grandeur of Utah's exposed formations, its canyon walls etched with fossils, and the spires and arches of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park.

Kapple, who has traveled in the western United States for 30 years in search of rocks, gems and other lapidary pleasures, brings his experience to bear on Utah's 54.4 million acres, providing detailed descriptions of 86 sites. Each description includes concise information on the material to be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the vehicle to drive, or when a remote find suggests it's time to lace up the hiking boots. Readers will glean new insights into the obsidian of the Black Rock sites, jasper at Hell's Backbone, petrified wood at Bullfrog Turnoff, and fossils of sea lilies along the Wasatch Range.

May your journeys be fruitful and your bag be heavy on the way home. Somewhere in that bag we hope you haven't forgotten your copy of Rockhounding Utah.


Rockhounding Wyoming Order This Book
Rockhounding Wyoming
by Kenneth Lee Graham
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 158 pages, copyright 1996

Rockhounding Wyoming is an introduction to a fascinating treasure hunt for those seeking jade, agate, bloodstone, fossils, petrified wood, fluorite, or other precious stones. Although the rockhounding treasures are many in this vast and sparsely populated state, author Kenneth Graham points out that "sometimes the joy is in the search itself." The 75 sites described in this guide will take you across the red desert to the high mountain majesty of the Big Horns and Wind Rivers as well as the geologic wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

The author - a former hardrock miner - developed an interest in rocks at an early age. In Rockhounding Wyoming, Graham shares his enthusiasm for rockhounding and his appreciation for the diverse Wyoming landscape that holds the treasure. Each description provides detailed information complete with maps on how the find the remote as well as popular digs, what will likely be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the appropriate vehicle to drive, or when to lace up your hiking boots to get to those out-of-the-way places.

Be sure to take along Rockhounding Wyoming to help plan your next rockhounding adventure.


Rocks and Minerals of California Order This Book
Rocks and Minerals of California
by Vinson Brown, David Allan and James Stark
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 200 pages, copyright 1987

Here is a book to take into all parts of California on trips and hikes, making you knowledgeable of the rocks and minerals found, and saving hours of time by describing and picturing just those kinds found in this state. Most geologists will tell you that pictures alone can be very misleading when used to identify rocks and minerals. This is particularly true of color pictures because most rocks and minerals have a bewildering set of colors and only in the metallic minerals is color really important. For this reason it is vital to tie the pictures in with clearly developed keys that show how to use harness, color, specific gravity, luster, texture, crystal shapes and so on systematically to identify what you have found. This is successfully accomplished in Rocks and Minerals of California to increase your ability and understanding as a field collector.

Along with useful charts and maps that help to locate mineral deposits throughout the state are 80 pages of Quadrangle Map information. The reader can order California Quadrangle Maps by the specific name listed under the county they are interested in from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado. The rocks and minerals each with Township, Range and Section numbers listed within these pages allow the reader to pinpoint the area on the specific map down to forty acres or less.


Bead Work
Buyer's Guides
Chain Making
Collecting Guides
Designs & Patterns
Faceting
Fossils
Gemstones
Geology and Earth Science
Gold & Mining
Jewelry Making
Lapidary
Meteorites
Rocks & Minerals
Rockpups
Smithing
Stone Setting
Wire Work

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