After a hiatus of a few years (sorry guys, grad school) I will be making some exciting changes to the website! My goal is to make the Rockhound Guide a universal resource for mineral collectors around the world. Here are my goals for the near future: Allow site visitors to easily share information in a…

I received a comment on the website the other day that has me puzzled. I’ll include the text here, since the poster didn’t leave any contact information: “this web site… you are collecting data under the guise of sharing information. If I see my information reprinted in a book without my permission, well, heaven help…

The weather has been a little “iffy” for the last month, but 2008 rockhounding season is well underway! We have been on a few trips this month, the roads are passable, and life is good! The guide will be undergoing some beautification projects. Instead of that ugly bubble that pops up over a site, I…

I was recently informed by a knowledgeable rockhound that many of the sites (especially in southern Utah) do not allow collecting of any kind. I had heard previously that you could take small amounts of material, but now I hear that National Parks and Monuments are actively enforcing a No-Collecting policy. Any sites in Canyonlands…

I have decided to arrange the guide into regions, to make the sites easier to find. It was previously organized by county, but there are 29 counties in Utah, so that was confusing. There are now four regions: North, West, South, and East. If you look in the sidebar in Google Earth, you can select…

Today is the big day! I have decided to change the direction of the project. I realized that in order for the guide to be as accurate as possible, it needs much more than just my own knowledge. So I have released the download link–the guide is now free. In turn, I hope site visitors…