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Utah Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Utah Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Utah is one of the most rugged and beautiful states in the entire country, and its epic landscapes contain a wealth of rocks and minerals that call to rockhounds around the world. Utah is virtually unmatched in the variety of gemstones and sheer number of rockhounding locations ready to be explored. From the expansive sandstone mesas in the south to the rocky mountains and Salt Flats to the north, there is an almost limitless supply of rockhounding sites awaiting the casual rock and mineral collector.

One of the best perks of rockhounding in Utah is the enormous amount of public land open to recreational use. BLM land and National Forests account for a huge percentage of the land ownership in the state, allowing casual rockhounds to collect (within reasonable limits) in many locations without a permit.

In general, the best places to rockhound in Utah are the gravels of streams, washes, and draws, as well as old mining dumps and rocky outcrops. The most popular rockhounding sites in Utah are the Dugway Geode Beds and Topaz Mountain. Almost 70% of Utah is BLM land open for recreational rockhounding.

State Symbols
State MineralCopper
State RockCoal
State GemstoneTopaz
State FossilAllosaurus
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Topaz
Topaz

This article will dive deeper into the many great rockhounding sites across the state (along with maps), but I’d like to highlight a few standouts here. The top 10 rockhounding sites in Utah:

  • Dugway Geode Beds – One of the most famous rockhounding locations in the entire United States, the Dugway Geode Beds are a mecca for rockhounds. Here you can find geodes in great supply, and nearby you can find other specimens such as quartz and amethyst crystals.
  • Topaz Dome Quarry – The aptly named Topaz Mountain is famous for its topaz specimens which, in this location, are naturally a light yellow color before being turned clear by exposure to sunlight. You can also find specimens of beryl, calcite, fluorite, hematite, and other minerals nearby.
  • Marysvale – The entire area surrounding Marysvale makes for a great rockhounding trip. Almost any creek, mine, or wash will have a good possibility of holding specimens of cinnabar, alunite, Calcite, chlorite, fluorite, amethyst, quartz, selenite, opal, and other minerals.
  • Moses Rock & Comb Ridge – The sandstone outcrops that dominate this entire area are well known for containing a beautiful variety of pyrope garnet, which are locally known as ‘Arizona Rubies’. You may also be able to find some chlorite, corundum, rutile, and spinel.
  • San Rafael River– The gravels and bars of the San Rafael River south of I-70 are a great place to search for quartz-family minerals like agate, jasper, and chalcedony, as well as anhydrite, carnotite, gypsum, and selenite.
  • Agate – The entire area surrounding this appropriately named town is a good choice for rockhounds looking for specimens of agate, chalcedony, chert, jasper, opal, and any other quartz-family minerals.
  • Hanksville – The entire area surrounding Hanksville is known to contain specimens of agate, jasper, and petrified wood. For the best luck, try the remote area about 3 miles west of town.
  • Sunstone Knoll – Yet another location whose name leaves little to the imagination, Sunstone Knoll is one of the very few places in the United States where you can reliably find sunstone specimens. This attractive variety of feldspar is highly sought after by amateur rockhounds.
  • Great Salt Lake – The shorelines all around the Great Salt Lake are a great place to do some rock picking. Keep your eye out for unique minerals such as aragonite, bloedite, glauberite, halite, and thenardite.
  • Black Rock – The area surrounding Black Rock is one of the best places in the country to find snowflake obsidian. For best results, try searching in local washes and draws where fresh material is most likely to be exposed.

Utah is home to a variety of gems and minerals that rivals any other state in the U.S. The southern region of the state is home to expansive sandstone plateaus that turn up nice specimens of quartz-family minerals such as agate, jasper, petrified wood, and septarian nodules. Most of the economic mines in the state were after copper-family minerals. Salt Lake City is even home to the world’s largest open-pit copper mine. No matter where you are in the state of Utah there is bound to be a large selection of rocks and minerals to search for somewhere nearby.

The most commonly found and collected minerals in Utah are:

  • Cerussite
  • Pyrite
  • Azurite
  • Malachite
  • Agate
  • Geodes
  • Galena
  • Limonite
  • Garnet
  • Jasper
Pyrope Garnet

Through quite a bit of research and cross-referencing of available literature, I have compiled this list of some prospective locations in Utah which I would recommend to people looking to do some rockhounding. These are mostly comprised of old mining prospects, washes, streams, and historically known rock and mineral collecting sites. For additional reading, I’d highly recommend these books you can find on Amazon:

Please remember that rock collecting locations are constantly changing. Specimens may become depleted from other collectors, the location may have been built on or altered, locality information in literature may be inaccurate, and property ownership may have changed hands. Joining up with a local rockhounding club for a group trip can often get you access to otherwise off-limits locations like privately owned mines and quarries. There are many rockhounding clubs in Utah so you can choose one that works best for you. Though there are many locations listed here, this list is far from exhaustive. A location’s listing here is not a guarantee of accuracy. Be safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect specimens.

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Rockhounding Sites in Utah

There are so many rockhounding locations in Utah that it can be overwhelming. To make things easier, I’ll break the state up into several areas and discuss the rockhounding sites and anything noteworthy in each region. For many of the locations listed here, there are actually many sites in the immediate area worth investigating. For example, I will often list a particular mining district that has several nearby mines.

Salt Lake Area Rockhounding Locations

The Salt Lake area, like much of the rest of Utah, contains an almost endless supply of rockhounding locations consisting of old mining dumps, stream gravels, draws, and washes. What sets the Salt Lake area apart is the shores of the Great Salt Lake and, of course, the Salt Flats. These areas are known to contain several mineral species that you aren’t likely to find in such abundance anywhere else in the state such as halite, gypsum, and sylvite.

The mining districts of the Wasatch mountains are perhaps the best places to go rockhounding in the Salt Lake area. The mines are almost too numerous to count but offer a large selection of rocks and minerals. Some of the more common specimens found in the area are cerussite, bornite, azurite, malachite, pyrite, and galena. As always, make sure to gain permission from any landowners or claim holders before collecting on their property.

Box Elder County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Vipont MineAzurite, Cerussite, Copper, Chalcopyrite, Cuprite, Galena, Gold, Limonite, Malachite, Orpiment, Pyrite, Quartz, Realgar, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, etc.
Crater Island (mining district)Bornite, Calcite, Chalcopyrite, Chrysocolla
Great Salt Lake, along shoresAragonite, Bloedite, Glauberite, Halite, Thenardite, etc.
Grouse Creek Mountains, areaEpidote, Stolzite, Scheelite
Birch Creek, area (also Western Grouse and Southern Conley)Kyanite
Pilot Range, mines in Lucin mining districtAlunite, Azurite, Barite, Cerussite, Chysocolla, Copper, Galena, Limonite, Malachite, Variscite, Wulfenite, Hematite, Pyrite, Sphalerite, etc.
Raft River Mountains, area minesGold, Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite
Promontory Point, area washes, draws, and surfacesObsidian, Varicite
Promontory Mountains, area minesCerussite, Bornite, Calamine, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Gold, Gypsum, Limonite, Malachite, Pyrite, etc.
Snowville, surrounding areaVariscite
Willard, area minesStibnite, Galena, Hematite, Limonite, Azurite, Magnetite, Malachite, Muscovite

Cache County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Logan Canyon, areaCahcotrichite, Galena
Little Bear River, East Fork, areaAnglesite, Azurite, Cerussite, Galena, Malachite
Mineral Point, general areaHematite, Quartz, Siderite, Specularite
Bear River Range, area prospects and minesGalena, Malachite
Smithfield, area gravels, washes, etc.Cerussite, Smithsonite
La Plata area claims and minesGalena, Malachite, Cerussite, Silver

Rich County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Crawford MountainsPhosphorite
Laketown CanyonPhosphorite
Swan CreekAzurite, Barite, Cerussite, Galena, Wulfenite
Woodruff CreekPhosphorite

Weber County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Ogden, area minesAzurite, Malachite, etc.
Strongs CanyonGarnet

Morgan County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Carbonate Gem MinesAnglesite, Barite, Cerussite, Galena, Jarosite, Limonite, Pyrite, Smithsonite
Arthur’s ForkBiotite, Monazite, Molybdenite, Uraninite, Xenotime
Strawberry MineGold, Silver, Copper

Davis County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Antelope Island, general areaGarnet, Azurite, Biotite, Chlorite, Chrysocolla, Epidote, Limonite, Manetite, Malachite, Quartz, Sulfur, Ziosite, etc.
Bair Canyon, areaTremolite
Farmington mining districtAzurite, Chalcopyrite, Gold, Malachite, Pyrite
Great Salt Lake, shoresAragonite, Bloedite, Glauberite, Halite, Thenardite, etc.

Salt Lake County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Alta, many area minesApatite, Biotite, Barite, Cerussite, Limonite, Rhodochrosite, Galena, Magnetite, Hornblende, Prehnite, Pyrite, Quartz, Sphene, Scheelite, Silver, Stilbite, Zircon, etc.
Big Cottonwood mining districtActinolite, Barite, Orthclase, Bornite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Magnetite, Malachite, Pyrite, Cerussite, Limonite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, etc.
Bingham Canyon, large open pit minesActinolite, Barite, Bismuth, Calcite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Garnet, Magnetite, Pyrolusite, Rutile, Tetrahedrite, etc.
Bear Gulch, in placer sandsGold
Great Salt Lake, shorelineAragonite, Bloedite, Gypsum, Halite, Glauberite, Thenardite
Little Cottonwood, areaApatite, Allumite, Biotite, Hornblende, Magnetite, Microcline, Feldspar, Pyrite, Quartz, Sphene, Sericite, Sheelite, Zircon
Big Cottonwood CanyonAzurite, Malachite

Tooele County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Dugway Range, Dugway PassAmethyst, Quartz crystals
East Erickson mining district, area minesGalena, Pyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite, Cerussite, Silver, Hematite, Limonite, Pyrolusite, Pyrite, Barite, Jasper, etc.
Clifton mining district, area minesAgate, Azurite, Dolomite, Malachite, Garnet, Rutile, Bornite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Diopside, Galena, Limonite, Malachite, Opal, Pyrite, etc.
Dugway mining district, area minesAgate, Amethyst, Apatite, Fluorite, Chalcedony, Garnet, Topaz, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Chlorite, Galena, Hematite, Limonite, Pyrite, Sphalerite, etc.
Dutch MountainAugite, Azurite, Cerussite, Fluorite, Galena, Malachite
Stansbury MountainsCerussite, Galena, Gold, Pyrite
Gold Hill, area minesAzurite, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Chlorite, Chrysocolla, Galena, Gold, Gypsum, Jarosite, Malachite, Opal, Pyrite, Siderite, Sphalerite, etc.
Great Salt Lake, shoresAragonite, Bloedite, Gypsum, Halite, Thenardite, Mirabilite
Great Salt FlatsHalite, Sylvite
Topliff HillCerussite, Malachite, Pyrite
Ibapah Mountains, in pegmatitesAquamarine, Barite, Beryl, Cinnabar
Johnson PassOnyx, Calcite, Galena
Lakeside MountainsAnglesite, Cerussite, Galena
Mercur, area minesCinnabar, Gold, Orpiment crystals, Quartz, Rutile, Scorodite, Talc, Tourmaline, etc.
Ophir, area minesGalena, Gold, Pyrite, Silver, Sphalerite, Quartz crystals
SalduroCarnallite, Halite, Kainite, Kieserite, Polyhalite, Sylvite, etc.
Silver Island MountainsAzurite, Barite, Cerussite, Galena, Jamesonite, Malachite, Pyrite
Simpson Springs, area draws and washesGeodes, Nodules, Morganite
Wendover, areaBischofite, Carnallite, Halite, Kainite, Keiserite, Polyhalite, Sylvite, etc.

Utah County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Colton, area minesAlbertite, Ingramite, Nitrite, Ozokerite
East Tintic Mountains, areaAlbite, Alunite, Bornite, Calcite, Chalcocite, Copper, Cuprite, Rutile, Sylvanite, Tenorite, many other minerals.
Fairfield, area washes and drawsChalcedony, Chert, Limonite, Pyrite, Quartz, Variscite, Fossils
Lake Mountain, S sideEndellite, Halloysite, Olivine (in basalt)
Pelican PointOnyx
Santaquin & Silver Lake mining districtsActinolite, Andradite, Argentite, Cordierite, Galena, Garnet, Gold, Prehnite, Scheelite, Silver, Sphene, Zircon
Thorpe HillsAzurite, Malachite, Sylvanite
Wells CanyonCalcite, Quartz, Smithsonite

Wasatch County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Clayton PeakSpinel, Vesuvianite, Chabazite
Snake Creek near Heber City, area minesGold
Sams Canyon, many area mines and prospectsGold (lode gold)
Soldier Summit, deposits in surrounding areaAlbertite, Ingramite, Ozokerite

Northeastern Utah Rockhounding Locations

Northeastern Utah is a great spot for rockhounding. While there are many old mining districts to explore, there are also tons of more accessible locations to search that produce plenty of collectible material. This part of the state is probably the best place to find semiprecious gemstones like agate, jasper, and petrified wood, particularly in Emery and Grand Counties.

The Uinta mountains near the northern border contain quite a few old mines which would be a great place to begin your search. The area with the most rockhounding locations to check out is south of I-70, offering specimens of many minerals including carnotite, chalcedony, agate, selenite, barite, and pyrolusite.

Summit County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Beaver CanyonPsilomelane, Pyrolusite
Bonanza FlatGarnet (grossularite)
Coalville, general areaManganite, Psilomelane, Pyrolusite, Sulfur
Park City mining district, many mines and dumpsBarite, Calcite, Chlorite, Epidote, Galena, Garnet, Magnetite, Sphalerite, Spinal, Tetrahedrite, Cerussite, Malachite, Pyrite, Quartz, Azurite, etc.

Daggett County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Yellow Canary Uranium Deposit (Red Creek)Azurite, Bornite, Brochantite, Carnotite, Chalcocite, Chalcopyrite, Gold, Hematite, Hyalite, Malachite, etc.
Uinta Mountains, NE flankGlauconite, Collophane, Apatite, Francolite, Phosphorite

Duchesne County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Duchesne County, in the Green River FormationAnalcite, Anhydrite, Crocidolite, Fluorapatite, Illite, Pyrite, Bassanite, Dawnsite, Riebeckite, Shortite, etc.
Antelope CanyonWurtzilite
Duchesne, area to SWAlbertite, Sepiolite, Wurtzilite
Tabby CreekTabbyite
Uinta Mountains, S flanksApatite, Colophane, Fluorapatite, Francolite, Phosphorite

Uintah County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Dyer MineAzurite, Malachite
Sweet Water Canyon, SW of BonanzaAgate, Chalcedony, Jasper, Petrified wood
Brush CreekApatite, Fluorapatite, Francolite, Phosphorite, etc.
Dragon, in area depositsGilsonite (Unitaite)
Hells Hole CanyonAnalcite, Apophyllite
Jensen, placers in Green River sandsGold
Uteland Knoll mining districtAzurite, Chalcocite, Gypsum, Malachite, Pyrite

Emery County

LocationRocks & Minerals
San Rafael River, SE of Castle DaleSulfur
Castle Dale, large area E to Green River in washes and drawsAgate, Agatized dinosaur bone, Petrified wood
Cedar Mountain areaAgate, Anhydrite, Carnotite, Chalcedony, Jasper, Gypsum, Uraninite
Emery, 10 mi. SW in fossil bedsAgate, Jasperized dinosaur bone
San Rafael Swell, E sideAgatized wood, Amethyst, Carnotite, Petrified wood, Agate, Chalcedony, Chert, Petrified dinosaur bones, Jasper
Copper Globe and other mines in San Rafael districtAnglesite, Azurite, Cerussite, Galena, Malachite, Autunite, Orpiment, Realgar, Pyrite, Hematite, Marcasite, etc.
Lucky Strike and other mines in San Rafael districtBieberite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Marcasite, Pyrite, Sphalerite, Uraninite, etc.
Table MountainCarnotite
Temple MountainAnkerite, Carnotite, Dolomite, Galena, Pyrite, Tetrahedrite, Uraninite, etc.
South Temple Wash, areaAutunite, Carnotite, Corvusite, Uvanite, etc.
San Rafael River, S of highwayAgate, Anhydrite, Carnotite, Chalcedony, Gypsum, Jasper, Selenite, Sulfur
Woodside, 4.5 mi. S in Morrison formationAgate, Carnotite, Chalcedony, Chert, Petrified dinosaur bone, Jasper, Silicified wood

Grand County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Agate, area surfacesAgate, Chalcedony, Chert, Jasper, Opal, Opalized wood, Quartz crystals
Bald Mesa, in area placersGold, Pyrolusite
Hills by Colorado River, near CiscoAgatized clams, Agatized dinosaur bones, Jasperised dinosaur bone, Jasper
Colorado River, in placersChromite, Gold
Courthouse Wash, general areaBarite, Calcite, Limonite, Pyrolusite
Dry Lake Wash, Dume Point, & White Wash depositsPyrolusite
The NeedlesBarite, Calcite, Manganite, Pyrolusite, Rhodochrosite
Tenmile WashBarite, Calcite, Pyrolusite
Little ValleyLimonite, Pyrolusite
Miner’s Basin, area minesActinolite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Hematite, Malachite, Limonite, Quartz, Azurite
Colorado River, in bars near MoabAgate, Chalcedony, Chert, Jasper, Opal, Opalized wood, Quartz crystals
SE Grand County, all area washes, draws, etc.Agate, Chalcedony, Chert, Silicified dinosaur bone, Petrified wood
Salt Valley, general areaAzurite, Carnallite, Gold, Gypsum, Halite, Limonite, Malachite, Pyrolusite, Sylvite, etc.
Sevenmile Canyon, area minesBornite, Carnotite, Chalcocite, Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, Uraninite, etc.
Thompson Springs, surrounding area, esp. to SAgate, Agatized clams, Anhydrite, Carnotite, Gypsum, Jasper, Jasperized dinosaur bones, Petrified wood
Thompson Springs, area mines to SEAgate, Agatized clams, Jasper, Petrified wood, Corvusite, Selenium, Uraninite, Autunite, etc.

Western Utah Rockhounding Locations

Western Utah is perhaps the best place in the entire state for rockhounding, thanks in large part to the world famous Dugway Geode Beds. The entire Dugway Range is a rockhounding hot spot, known not only for its geodes but fantastic specimens of many minerals including fluorite, garnet, topaz, and beryl. Topaz Dome Quarry is another famous locality that is a must-visit for any rockhound in the area.

Almost anywhere you search in western Utah you’ll have a decent chance of finding something interesting. The mountains, washes, and draws in the area are known to contain many interesting mineral species including beryl, calcite, hematite, garnet, limonite, and azurite. If you search in the right place you may even be able to find some plume agate and snowflake obsidian.

Juab County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Deep Creek Mountains, area minesBeryl, Fluorite, Scheelite, Azurite, Gold, Malachite, Galena, Pyrolusite, Beryl, Sphalerite, etc.
Desert Mountain, area minesAntlerite, Bornite, Fluorite, Hematite, Limonite, Magnetite, Pyrite, Cerussite, Galena, Quartz, Barite, Chalcopyrite, Chrysocolla, Malachite
Drum Mountains, area minesAgate, Jasper, Pyrolusite, Rhodochrosite, Chalcedony, Chalcopyrite, Cuprite, Galena, Gold, Hematite, Malachite, Pyrite, Limonite, Goethite, etc.
Dugway Range, general areaBeryl, Chalcedony, Fluorite, Garnet, Topaz
Fish Springs, area minesGold, Lead, and Silver minerals, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Galena, Limonite, Magnetite, Pyrite, Sphalerite
Goshute Reservation, general areaBeryl, Muscovite, Quartz, Orthoclase
Ibapah PeakBeryl (gem-quality)
Jericho, area draws and washesAgate (plume agate)
Thomas Range, N sideBeryl, Calcite, Fluorite, Garnet, Hematite, Quartz crystals, Topaz
Tintic Prince MineGalena, Quartz, Pyrite
Thomas Range, general areaAgate, Beryle, Chalcedony, Fluorite, Garnet, Opal, Quartz, Topaz, etc.
Spor Mountain, area claims and minesFluorite, Bertrandite, Carnotite, Chalcedony, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Hematite, Magnetite, Pyrite, Quartz
Topaz Dome QuarryBeryl, Calcite, Bixbyite, Carnelian, Carnotite, Chalcedony, Fluorite, Garnet, Hematite, Hyalite, Quartz, Specularite, Topaz, etc.
Tintic Mountains, many area mines and claimsPyrolusite, Siderite, Cerussite, Galena, Jasper, Limonite, Pyrite, Azurite, Barite, Bismuth, Malachite, Marcasite, Garnet, etc.

Sanpete County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Axtell, area to WGalena, Marcasite, Pyrite, Sphalerite
Ephraim, general areaLimonite (after pyrite)
Fairview, general areaBeidellite
Gunnison, area to SEAnhydrite, Gypsum, Halite
Manti, general areaEpsonite
Mayfield, area to SWAnhydrite, Gypsum, Halite
Fountain Green, area to EJasper, Pyrolusite
Twelve Mile CanyonAutunite, Torbernite

Millard County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Antelope SpringsLimonite, Pyrite
Black Rock, area washes and drawsObsidian (snowflake obsidian)
Cricket Mountains, in Prospect Mt. QuartziteDolomite, Hematite
Little Drum MountainsAzurite, Cuprite, Chalcedony, Chalcopyrite, Malachite, Pyrite, Pyrolusite, Rhodochrosite, Jasper
Fillmore, surrounding areaAnhydrite, Gypsite, Gypsum, Niter
Amasa ValleyAlbite, Biotite, Diopside, Garnet, Gold, Idocrase, Molybdenite, Pyrite, Scheelite, Tourmaline, Tremolie, Wollastonite
House Range, area minesDiopside, Garnet, Idocrase, Scheelite
Painter SpringGarnet, Idocrase, Microcline, Orthclase, Muscovite, Pyrite, Scheelite
Kanosh, surrounding areaAnhydrite, Gypsum
Fool CreekAzurite, Limonite, Malachite
Wood CanyonGalena, Sphalerite
Sevier Lake, area to WChalcedony, Galena, Garnet, Molybdenite
Sevier Lake, S endCorundum (angular masses)
Cove Fort, area to NEFluorite, Sulfur
Dog ValleyChalcedony, Fluorite
Twin PeakAndesine, Apatite, Augite, Biotite, Magnetite

Sevier County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Fish LakeOpal
Glenwood, area to NEAnhydrite, Geodes (chalcedony), Gypsum, Halite, Selenite
Henry mining district, Antelope RangeHematite, Limonite, Pyrolusite, Magnetite, Thorium, Fluorite, Apatite, Albite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Diopside, Epidote, Garnet, Galena, Quartz, Rutile, etc.
SigurdAnhydrite, Gypsum, Halite, Selenite
Monroe CanyonBrockite, Jarosite, Monazite, Thorite
Rock Candy MountainAlunite, Jarosite, Limonite, Pyrite, Selenite
Salina CreekAzurite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Malachite, Sphalerite
Sevier CanyonAzurite, Copalite, Malachite

Southern Utah Rockhounding Locations

Southern Utah is a veritable playground for rockhounds, offering a wide variety of location types including old mining dumps, stream and river gravels, washes, draws, and placer deposits. The old mines in the area will contain the largest variety of minerals (and likely more exotic finds) but there are many more accessible locations where you can find nice specimens of minerals like garnet, magnetite, onyx, agate, chalcedony, and petrified wood.

One of the more interesting sites to check out is the Moses Rock and Comb Ridge area in the southeastern part of the state. Here, you can find an interesting variety of pyrope garnet that is locally known as “Arizona ruby”. For those of you looking to pan for gold, the San Juan River and Colorado River (as well as their tributaries) are worthwhile destinations for their placer sand deposits.

Beaver County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Blue Valley, in washes and drawsAgate (black with blue bands)
Beaver Lake Mountains, area minesAzurite, Malachite, Andalusite, Jasper, Malachite, Pyrite, etc.
West SpringBrucite, Clinohumite, Ludwigite, Szaibelvite
Bradshaw Mountains, area minesAmethyst, Tourmaline, Tremolite, Wollastonite, Anglesite, Aragonite, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite, etc.
Frisco, area mines (esp. Horn Silver Mine)Azurite, Barite, Calamine, Chalcocite, Chalcopyrite, Chrysocolla, Galena, Gypsum, Kaolinite, Malachite, Opal, Pyrite, Sphalerite, Wulfenite, Zircon, etc.
Copper GulchGarnet, Tourmaline
Big Pinto SpringAlunite
Indian Peak, area minesCalcite, Fluorite, Quartz
Lincoln Gulch, area minesAmethyst, Azurite, Calcite, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Epidote, Fluorite, Galena, Garnet, Malachite, Opal, Pyrite, Quartz, Tourmaline, Tremolite, etc.
Newton District, area mines (Rob Roy Mine)Gold, Pyrite, Quartz
Blawn MountainAlunite
Wah Wah Mountains, area minesCerussite, Galena, Pyrite, Alunite, Autunite, Fluorite, Hematite, Limonite, Garnet, Topaz, Quartz, etc.
Cactus MineAzurite, Barite, Chalcopyrite, Goethite, Limonite, Magnetite, Malachite, Pyrite, Quartz, Selenite, Siderite, Stilbite, Tourmaline, Wollastonite, etc.
Rocky Range, area minesMagnetite, Wulfenite, Azurite, Bornite, Diopside, Garnet, Magnetite, Malachite, Apatite, Pyrite, Scheelite, etc.
San Francisco Mountains, mines on S sideDiopside, Fluorite, Galena, Garnet, Pyrite, Scheelite, Sphalerite, Apatite, Biotite, Chlorite, Goethite, Copper minerals, Magnetite, Quartz, Zircon, etc.
Star Range, many mines in areaBismutite, Rhodochrosite, Fluorite, Quartz, Azurite, Cerussite, Galena, Malachite, Calcite, Garnet, Limonite, Pyrite, Wulfenite, Sphalerite, etc.
SulphurdaleSulfur

Garfield County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Circle Cliffs, areaAgate, Chalcedony, Jasper, Petrified wood, Silicified wood
Henry Mountains, area mines and prospectsCarnotite, Bentorite
Boulder Mountains, Pleasant Creek areaPyrolusite
Colorado River, placer depositsGold, Magnetite
Escalante, area washes, draws, and outcropsPetrified dinosaur bone, Agate, Monazite, Zircon
Mammoth Creek, in gravels S of HatchOnyx
Henry Mountains, SW flanksIlmenite, Monazite, Zircon
Hite, area placer depositsGold, Platinum
Panguitch, area to NWPyrolusite

Iron County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Newcastle, area washes and drawsGeodes (chalcedony geodes)
Cedar City, E along hwy in washes and drawsAgate, (common, moss), Chalcedony, Jasper, Petrified wood
Cedar CanyonAnhydrite, Carnotite, Gypsum, Selenite
Modena, mines to NWArgentite, Gold, Limonite, Pyrite, Fluorite, Garnet, Quartz, Selenium
Granite Mountain, area minesActinolite, Albite, Amethyst, Azurite, Apatite, Barite, Chalcedony, Cinnabar, Galena, Hematite, Limonite, Malachite, Pyrite, etc.
Three PeaksApatite, Hematite, Lodestone, Magnetite
Kanarraville, areaAnhydrite, Autunite, Gypsum
Iron PeakAndesite, Augite, Biotite, Chlorite, Magnetite

Kane County

LocationRocks & Minerals
CannonvilleAnhydrite, Gypsum
Colorado River, in placersGold, Magnetite
GlendaleAnhydrite, Gypsum
Kaiparowits Plateau, W sideIlmenite, Monazite, Zircon
Kanab CreekSilicified wood, Anhydrite, Gypsum
Kimball ValleyAnhydrite, Gypsum
Kitchen Corral Wash Barite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Limonite, Pyrolusite

Piute County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Tushar MountainsCalcite (fluorescent)
Alunite RidgeAlunite
Antelope RangeLimonite, Pyrolusite, Torbernite
Circleville MountainStellerite
Deer Trail MountainAlunite
Gold MountainAlunite, Barite, Garnet, Gypsum
Marysvale, many surrounding area minesCinnabar, Alunite, Albite, Biotite, Calcite, Chlorite, Pyrolusite, Barite, Fluorite, Goethite, Amethyst, Quartz, Selenite, Opal, etc.
Mount BelknapPyrolusite
Bullion Canyon, area minesAzurite, Barite, Cerussite, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Galena, Limonite, Pyrite, Quartz, Pyrolusite, Selenite, Sphalerite, Sylvanite, Malachite, etc.
Sevier CanyonAlunite, Anhydrite, Gypsum, Limonite

San Juan County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Comb Ridge, W edgeGarnet (pyrope, ‘Arizona Rubies’)
Moses Rock, area sandstonesGarnet (pyrope, ‘Arizona Rubies’), Chlorite, Corundum, Rutile, Spinel
Big Indian Wash, area minesCoffinite, Doloresite, Uraninite, Azurite, Chalcocite, Chalcopyrite, Cuprite, Malachite, Pyrite, Vanadium, Carnotite, Cerussite, Galena, Fluorite, etc.
Bluff, area placer sandsGold
Browns Hole, areaCarnotite
Chess RidgeCarnotite
Chinle WashPyrope
Colorado River, in placersChromite, GOld
Gypsum CreekAnhydrite, Gypsum
Indian CanyonCarnotite
La Sal MountainsAmethyst, Azurite, Bornite, Carnotite, Chalcocite, Chrysocolla, Limonite, Malachite, Molybdenite, etc.
Brumley Ridge, areaApatite, Augite, Magnetite, Orthclase, Sodalite, Sphene
La Sal mining district, many minesAzurite, Malachite, Carnotite, Coffinite, Pyrite, Uraninite, etc.
Lisbon ValleyAzurite, Cuprite, Malachite
Mexican Hat, area mines and prospectsUranium minerals
Moab ValleyAnhydrite, Carnallite, Gypsum, Halite, Polyhalite, Sylvite
Montezuma CanyonCarnotite
Monticello mining districtAnhydrite, Carnotite, Gypsum, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Galena, Gold, Pyrite, Sphalerite, Azurite, Bornite, Limonite, Calcite
Monument Valley, area minesCorvusite, Uraninite, Autunite, Azurite, Malachite, Chalcocite, etc.
Mule Ear, in gravelsGarnet (pyrope)
San Juan RiverAnhydrite, Chalcopyrite, Copper, Gold, Gypsum, Malachite

Washington County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Beaver Dam WashAgate, Jasper, etc.
Central, nodules in basalt exposuresGeodes (chalcedony, blue banded)
Hurricane, area minesAragonite, Calcite, Hydrozincite
Hurricane, area limestone outcropsFossils
Silver Reef, area minesLead and Silver minerals

Wayne County

LocationRocks & Minerals
Hanksville, wide surrounding areaAgate, Jasper, Petrified wood
Hanksville, area 3 mi. WAgate, Jasper, Petrified wood
Coaly Wash, area coal minesJet
Henry Mountains, N endCarnotite
Torrey, area draws and washesAgate, Jasper, Petrified dinosaur bone, Jasperized dinosaur bone

Utah Rockhounding Laws & Regulations

One of the most common questions rockhounds have is whether or not they are allowed to collect at a certain location. It is the responsibility of each rockhound to obtain permission from a landowner to search and/or collect on a piece of property.

The ownership and status of land can and does change frequently, making it impossible to document accurate information on this page. However, I have compiled a list of resources here so that you may investigate and obtain permission for any locations (found here or elsewhere) for yourself.

Public Land Resources

I have written entire articles which cover the rockhounding laws and regulations for nearly every type of public land you can think of. I encourage you to check them out if you are curious about the legalities of rock and mineral collecting.

To determine what type of public land a particular location is on, I would recommend starting with the Bureau of Land Management’s Utah Maps. Utah also has an amazing app that highlights roads that provide access to public lands. It can be extremely helpful when trying to access remote locations.

Private Land Resources

As with most states, each county in Utah will have records of who owns each piece of property. Unfortunately for rockhounds, the law in most states prohibits them from publishing their names or contact information online. You can usually get the landowner’s name and address by visiting the county records office. In Connecticut, I would recommend starting with the County Assessor’s office.

Tip: Check out my Complete Rock Tumbling Guide to make your rocks and gemstones really shine!

Sources & Further Reading

The locations and information contained in this article are primarily derived from academic papers, online resources, and other outside sources. If you would like to read some of the source material for yourself I have listed them below. The majority of these locations are my interpretation of Robert Beste’s A Location Guide for Rock Hounds in the United States. Other sources include: