Rockhounding Arizona's Red Cloud, North Geronimo, Melisssa, & South Geronimo Mines for Vanadinite, Wulfenite, and Fluorescents!
Southeast Arizona is famous for its old western mining towns like Bisbee, Tombstone, and Patagonia but if you're looking for some history without the touristy fanfare check out the ghost towns of Gleeson and Courtland.
Round Mountain Rockhound Area is one of two Fire Agate collecting areas (Black Hills Rockhound Area and Round Mountain Rockhound Area) on land under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in southeastern Arizona. The ground is littered with white chalcedony and bits of red. I saw more sparkles of fire in the material here than at Black Hills...
Black Hills Rockhound Area is one of two Fire Agate collecting areas in southeastern Arizona on land under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). We visited in early November with the Ocotillos glowing in autumnal shades of ruby, copper, and gold before the dark rocky outcroppings of the aptly named Black Hills. Oh, how I love being in these places, whether I find a pretty rock or not.
This is my all-time favorite rockhounding adventure (so far)! Not only because I found some awesome rocks but also the transcendent resonance that reverberates to my core when I immerse myself in such a place. It’s a feeling of connection, pleasure, peace, and calm that lingers long after the experience.
Announcing the release of a regional focus travel series for the serious rockhound, full time vagabond and weekend warrior.