1996
Delta
Rockhounder's Dream: Dugway Geodes, Sherry Colored Topaz, Wonderstone
Come to Utah’s renowned Great Basin for a rocking-good time. You’ll join experts to search for unique specimen pieces, attend lapidary demonstrations and collect ancient fossils.
Rating (5)
Program No. 1996RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,469
Getting There
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At a Glance

Join us for an unforgettable week of rockhounding at the minerally rich Great Basin region of Utah. Under the rocks and crags of this desert region lie museum-quality specimens of topaz, Dugway geodes, pyrophyllite (wonderstone) and fossilized trilobites. At loose rock and fossil quarries or large mining operations, join the largest mineral supplier/distributor on a quest for the mineral wealth of Utah’s desert Great Basin country, then polish them up and ship them home to admire.
Activity Level
Active
Walks up to one-half mile over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Collect remains of mid-Cambrian trilobites at the largest deposit of these creatures that ruled the seas 550 million years ago.
  • Private and first access to specimens with the largest rockhounding supplier in the West as their machines and explosives free up the treasures of the earth.
  • Experience demonstrations of cutting and polishing and a chance to turn your rocks into mineral beauty at a local lapidary shop.
Featured Expert
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Wade Crapo
A lifelong fossil and gemstone enthusiast, Wade Crapo is co-owner of The Bug House, a wholesaler of fossils, gemstones, geodes and rock hounding supplies to rock shops around the world. Wade enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of geology and the best places to find treasures from the earth. He owns all the mining claims for the world-famous Dugway Geodes and enjoys using his backhoe to dig up amazing museum-quality geodes for Road Scholar participants.
Wade Crapo
Emily Bartlett Lamas
Gary E. Nielsen
Patrick Stefanoff
Robert Harris
Shayne Crapo
Jane Beckwith
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