Every few weeks, my wife and I take a trip to one of the towns in Utah. We usually spend most of the day, see what there is to do there, and I try to get in a rock hunting trip. Delta is a mecca for rockhounding, with its proximity to the Thomas Range and…

The Lake Mountains west of Utah lake have a number of collecting sites. A local rock dealer told me you can go to any random slot canyon and find many different kinds of minerals: optical calcite, onyx, fossils, and limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite. There is even a special type of banded calcite called root beer…

My wife and I were looking for something to do one Saturday afternoon, and we had heard there was a calcite onyx quarry near Nephi. So we hopped in the car and drove down the I-15 to Nephi, took the Nebo Loop exit and drove into the mountains. There had been a number of bad…

I had a friend who was marginally interested in rocks, so I decided to try convincing him to take up rockhounding. I had to design a trip that would reel him in and hook him, so I decided on this one. We drove down toward Eureka and enjoyed the scenery, then turned off the road…

This was a fun Saturday trip for me and my wife. We hopped in the car and headed down the I-15 to Santaquin. We drove through Genola, Goshen and Elberta before coming to Eureka. Goshen and Elberta are very quaint towns. There is a nice apple orchard run by the LDS church in Goshen, and…

A field guide to Topaz and associated minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain) volume 1 If you ever take one rockhounding trip, this one is a must: Dugway Geodes and Topaz Mountain. My cousin Tom has some kids who have become interested in rocks, so we thought this would be a fun trip.…

If you ever take one rockhounding trip, this might be the one most people recommend: Dugway Geodes and Topaz Mountain. My cousin Tom has some kids who have become interested in rocks, so we thought this would be a fun trip. We hopped in the van around 6:00 am and headed out around Utah lake…

If there’s one rock hounding trip you ever take in Utah, this is probably the one (or at least the one everyone knows about). The Topaz Ampitheatre and Dugway Geode beds are two of the most mainstream locations in Utah. Our day began at about 7:00 am, when we headed out to Lehi to pick…