Skip to Content

Can You Collect Rocks in State Parks? All 50 States Answered

If you’re visiting a state park it’s completely natural to want to take a piece of it home with you to remember the trip. Lots of people like to collect rocks to remember their trips by, or just because they found something really cool while spending time outdoors. But if you’re visiting a state park …

Read More about Can You Collect Rocks in State Parks? All 50 States Answered

How to Find Quartz Crystals (And Where to Look)

When it comes to rock and mineral collecting, there are few things more essential than a quality quartz specimen. For most collectors, quartz will be one of the first things they add to their collection. It’s a super common and affordable mineral and is also very aesthetically pleasing, making it one of the most popular …

Read More about How to Find Quartz Crystals (And Where to Look)

How to Tell if a Rock is a Geode: A Step-by-Step Guide

Geodes are one of the coolest things that anyone can find in nature. Every rockhound I know loves to look at them and peer inside at the crystals. They are pretty much an essential part of any aspiring geologist’s rock and mineral collection. The problem is that if you find a potential geode in nature …

Read More about How to Tell if a Rock is a Geode: A Step-by-Step Guide

What Rocks and Minerals are Worth – A Helpful Guide

All collectors would like to think that their collections are valuable. With most types of collections, it is relatively easy to know what a specific item is worth, but in the case of rock and mineral collections it can be very difficult to know what any one piece is worth. So how do you know …

Read More about What Rocks and Minerals are Worth – A Helpful Guide

Rockhounding in Winter – The 11 Best Practical Tips

Rockhounding is a fantastic way to spend time outdoors and connect with nature, but it gets harder to do once the weather turns cold and the days get shorter. Luckily there are still plenty of ways that I’ve found to continue enjoying rockhounding even in the middle of a cold winter. Here are 11 of …

Read More about Rockhounding in Winter – The 11 Best Practical Tips

Where to Buy Rocks and Minerals (Reliably!)

My rock and mineral collection started as just an accumulation of cool samples I had found on various field trips and vacations. It wasn’t long before I wanted to expand my collection and buy some more display-worthy specimens, but I didn’t know where to start. I decided to put together this guide to give novice …

Read More about Where to Buy Rocks and Minerals (Reliably!)

Where to Find Crystals – A Helpful Guide

There’s something uniquely thrilling about finding your very own crystal specimen. Searching for them is like going on your very own treasure hunt, but it’s hard to know where to look. I decided to put together this guide so that everyone who wants to find their own crystals has a better shot at success. The …

Read More about Where to Find Crystals – A Helpful Guide

Bringing Rocks & Minerals on a Plane – What to Know

So, you’ve found some amazing rocks or mineral samples while on vacation! But there’s just one problem – you have to get them home. You might be wondering if it’s legal (or wise) to bring them with you on the plane ride home so you can add them to your collection. According to the TSA, …

Read More about Bringing Rocks & Minerals on a Plane – What to Know

Rockhounding – Tools & Equipment You’ll Need in the Field

Rockhounding is a favorite activity of enthusiasts all around the world, but trust me when I say it is much more enjoyable if you have the right equipment. I decided to put together this guide to help people make sure they have everything they need to have a productive and pleasant trip to the field. …

Read More about Rockhounding – Tools & Equipment You’ll Need in the Field