How To Actually Find Your Own Rockhounding Location

How To Actually Find Your Own Rockhounding Location

It always seems to go the same way, someone posts a photo or video of a rock and someone asks “where is this?” and the response is something to the effect of giving a vague location such as a state or county and sometimes it’s “my own spot” or if asked to clarify the statement comes out “find your own spot!” with nothing else, and no real help.

I’m here to help you with, first off its really rare that someone find a new fully undiscovered location with a mineral to collect, it does happen from time to time but often what happens is a person has tip or clue leading them to an area or knows of an area that is rich in ______ mineral and goes off looking.

This should be used as a tool to help you find minerals, understand that some of the mines on Gaia are active, private property and have the potential to be dangerous.

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  1. Amanda Reece on August 25, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I think I got more useful info from this one video than I’ve found in 500 videos combined! Thank you so much! Im trying to plan a rockhounding trip in the next few days. I live near Eugene, Oregon and im thinking Richardson Rock Ranch is my number one slot and Polka Dot Mine I think is the name of my number two pick. Do you have any suggestions? I love thunder eggs, pet wood, Indian Artifacts, and definitely have a peaked interest in Opal since October is my bday month. Oh and jasper, and rainbow 🌈 obsidian. Just to name a few lol. But yes I can’t make up my mind and I have a fear im missing something. I need a hidden gem of a location.

  2. Quantum Lab on August 25, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    A good free bedrock mapping program is called macrostrat.

  3. Relaxstation on August 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve purchased the membership for Gaia GPS, how can I get my map do display all of the mines? My map isn’t showing any unless I zoom in really close to a place where I know a few exist and even then there is no information available for any of them.

  4. Nicholas Muto on August 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    So glad you are willing to share locations you go to and informational tools that are useful. I watched one the other day and the guy purposefully aimed the camera at the ground the whole time to not give away his secret location. Thumbs down for that guy and another thumbs up for you.

  5. Patti Messenger on August 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for generously sharing this information with us! I truly appreciate it!

  6. Mychael Lee on August 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Cool app. I usually do the same thing with Google maps but it involves specific search terms and many layers. I have a ‘private locations’ rockhounding map (through Google Maps) that I share with friends.

  7. Ella G on August 25, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    currently rockhounding: "see you could go look at these mines to try to find your own rockhounding spot! so, say you’re looking around this area and you want…"
    currently rockhounding: *clicks on mine*
    currently rockhounding: ."…uh….uranium…."

  8. Ed The Rock Hound on August 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    This is what I love about the rock hounding community. Everyone is so helpful and if learn something interesting I pass it on to others .thanks for the video I looked up this page before and my area is loaded but lot of those places are shut off to the public . It did turn me on to some wonderful spots. I have 4 more weeks of work and I’m off for 3 months and I have enough rocks but I think I will go out on Christmas morning and get a lil rock hounding before the family wakes up . I’m sure the kid will be up early so idk

  9. William Burrows on August 25, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    I recently subscribed to the channel and I absolutely love your content and appreciate the work you do 🙏 it can be so hard to learn about rocks as a layman and you have helped me in my attempts to further my rock hobby!

  10. Adriahna Brown on August 25, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Words cannot describe how helpful a video this was for me. Thank you once again for a wonderful video.

  11. My Tv #shorts on August 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm
  12. Thomas Humphries on August 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Does it show claims?

  13. Dean Tronnes on August 25, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    We found a whole ridge of mahogany obsidian in the obsidian butte area. No idea how to send my location.

  14. Amber M on August 25, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Very interesting👍

  15. syl men on August 25, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you I really love what you do. Much love ❤️

  16. Bonnie Borgeson on August 25, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Oh thank you so much. All I know is that I always loved rocks, born and raised in Chicago as a girl I would lug home railroad track gravel (my poor Mom). Well many many years later I have finally retired and really want to give rockhounding a chance. I knew/know nothing, but watching your videos have taught me at least what/why/where to an extent I didn’t have. Now I only have one problem, no one I am related to or friends of could careless to come with. Ha, what they are missing. Anyway, thank you so very much, you have really helped enlighten me. Big Hug to you.

  17. Jennifer Martin on August 25, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    The Gaia app is pretty disappointing. Not nearly this many layering options (no mines, no private land) or as much info. I paid the $40 but it looks like I’ll have to fire up my desktop computer to actually get any use out of it

  18. John Hubbard on August 25, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Cheers, I understand how GAIA can show you private property, but you’re not using it to determine land status for mining claims, are you? That is my biggest headache, trying to determine where to go that so that I do not claim jump.

  19. Desertdog1967 on August 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    If you ever come to Arizona you will be happy

  20. Travis Hatch on August 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Shout out from the big horn area, just found this channel and I am loving your content, in wondering though where are you based out of?

  21. CJ on August 25, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Hands down the best rock hounding channel. I’m lucky you cover much of my local area.

  22. Simple Tarot on August 25, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you man 😊 this was awesome I appreciate you

  23. Lori Peter on August 25, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for the great information. You are very knowledgeable and helpful!

  24. Matthew Kite on August 25, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Watching your videos I have to ask. Are you in Montana as well. Im in Heart Butte, and I’m looking for someone to slab a few rocks for me. Or show me how?

  25. Benjamin Boivin on August 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    You are one of the most helpful rockhounders on the internet, we are lucky to have you

  26. Seth Arnold on August 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Awesome tool thanks for sharing

  27. Chris & Andrew Outside on August 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Researching and ground pounding is part of the fun!

  28. 30somethingnothing on August 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!

  29. knappieboy on August 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    After camping near Galena (north of John Day, Oregon) and doing some research on the town, i found myself wanting to rockhound a lot more. Thank you for this! <3

  30. Diabetic Darrell on August 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for the info. I just signed up a couple of days ago and they had a discount….. $35.00 a year!

  31. Cynthia Rowley on August 25, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Missouri and Illinois have laws about picking up rocks and removing them. Is that common?

  32. fisherholmsfly on August 25, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Have you ever had problems with claims? I know claims are out there and that claims must be posted. However I don’t remember ever seeing a posted claim while out hiking, hunting, etc… I’m in Montana but I figured claim rules should be similar in Wyoming

  33. Carin Anderson on August 25, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Awesome info! Thank you so much.

  34. Michael Hartman on August 25, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    … can you explore mines? I thought those were private property! If they are private property, why would someone let a stranger explore their property? Are you just exploring the public property around the mine hoping to find similar materials?

  35. Janice Scragg on August 25, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Is Gia GPS world wide or US only? Thank you for the info.

  36. Blüe on August 25, 2021 at 6:01 pm

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    1st time viewer and loving ❤ every single minute guy’s! !!
    Thank you ⚘ for sharing these fun, educational 👍❤ adventures!!!
    I’m a Maritimer recently moved to Ontario and having the time of my life discovering my new playground. Sending love ❤ and compassion
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  37. Keyvan Goodarzi on August 25, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Hello sir, is there any device which can detect agates under ground? I really need it.

  38. Prospector Paul on August 25, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Really awesome information friend, thank you so much

  39. Nick Wilson on August 25, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Mindat and gemdat are good resources too

  40. Matt Jaberi on August 25, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    How do you get the mines to show up

  41. the rock dad on August 25, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Stay frosty my friend

  42. Aaron Fuentes on August 25, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Really appreciate the openess of knowledge. I am blank and havent started hunting yet, do you mind checking if the service cover indonesia ? Or perhaps you have other resources that applicable to be used in indonesia?

  43. Perry on August 25, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for pointing out this resource! Does it also let you know if there’s a current mining claim on the land? Or do you need to cross reference with a site like

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