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.
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Program No. 1996RJ
7 days
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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
Keep the Pace
Walks up to one-half mile over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet.
Small Group
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.
  • Get 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.
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Emily Bartlett Lamas
A faculty member at Utah Valley University, Emily Lamas has taught courses in geology and Earth sciences for more than 10 years. She has done extensive geological research in the Great Basin area, and is the geology lab manager at Utah Valley University. Emily has taught Road Scholar participants about geology for several years, and trained them in the latest techniques of cataloging and inventorying rock and gem collections.
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Emily Bartlett Lamas
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Gary E. Nielsen
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Wade Crapo
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Robert Harris
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Patrick Stefanoff
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Shayne Crapo
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Jane Beckwith
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