Getting Started Rock Hounding:
Utah maybe the perfect state to get started rock hounding in! With rock hounding locations from absolute beginner to super advanced.
Some great starter locations are:
Green River Agate beds of Green River Utah
Dugway Geode Beds (Some Private Claims)
Trilobite Beds in Delta (Some Private Claims)
and many others... there are over 80 locations in the book Rockhounding Utah. Plus stop into the shop and we can help you find the perfect location for your family to get started rock hounding! We offer tours to many locations around Utah and the surrounding states, as well as free directions to go off on your own! The tools and supplies you'll need vary based on location, but here is a simple list of 21 things to never go rockhounding without.
Before your go rock hounding come check out the Utah Museum in the shop and see what comes from Utah! Then you can pick the perfect place to start!
Avoid Claim Jumping
Many popular rock hounding locations or desired mineral hounding areas are under claim or have claims on/around them. In Utah it is the rock hound's responsibility to know if they are on a claim. Be sure to find out where the claims are and avoid being on protected property.
Contacting claim owners for permission to collect, joining guided tours offered to private locations, or finding alternative locations to rock hound at are all good options when rock hounding, however claim jumping is NOT. Even popular public areas such as Topaz Mountain have multiple claims, and claim owners use their claims to make a living. We often offer this small bit of advice when thinking about where you are rock hounding: If you wouldn't break into someone's house and steal their food, don't claim jump. That rock is how these hard working people feed their families.
Did you know? We identify rocks, minerals, and fossils for free. We can help you label what you found and even give you personalized instructions for cleaning each type of piece! All we ask is that you bring in 20 or less stones at a time for identification so that we can make sure we are able to help everyone. We are happy to identify anytime during our open hours that either Rick, Zeke, or Adrienne is at the rock shop. You can call to make an appointment or just stop by (calling is advisable in case there isn’t anyone at the rock shop that can identify at the time). Call us at 801-355-7952. You are also welcome to send photographs to our Facebook page, or [email protected] (Note: sometimes we cannot tell through a photograph alone but we will do our best and give you as much information as we can.)