1996
Utah

Rockhounder’s Dream: Geodes, Topaz, Wonderstone, Fossils & More!

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
1,899

At a Glance

Join us for an unforgettable week of rockhounding in the mineral-rich Great Basin region of Utah. Under the rocks and crags of this desert region lie museum-quality specimens of Topaz, Dugway geodes, Wonderstone, Obsidian, Sunstone, Agate, Apache Tears and fossilized Trilobites. Learn about the unique geology of the region from a local professor, then excavate ten amazing gemstone, mineral and fossil quarries on a quest for the mineral wealth of Utah’s desert.
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 the remains of mid-Cambrian trilobites — creatures that roamed the seas 550 million years ago — at a quarry known for having one of the richest deposits of their fossils.
  • Get private and early access to specimens with the largest rockhounding supplier in the West as their machines and explosives free up the treasures of the earth.
  • Experience cutting and polish demonstrations before taking your turn at transforming your rock cache into beautiful keepsakes at a local lapidary shop.
Featured Expert
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Jane Beckwith
As the founder of the Topaz Museum and Education Center, Jane Beckwith has worked for more than 30 years to preserve the history of the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp in Delta, Utah. In 1982, Jane began a large community research to interview local townspeople who worked at the camp about their experiences and memories. One of 10 relocation camps build during WWII, the Topaz Internment Camp processed 11,212 internees during its three years of operation. Jane’s project opened dialogue and renewed interest about this time in history, and soon she organized a non-profit organization to gather historic accounts and raise money to buy the camp site and construct a museum. Additionally, she was successful in getting the site designated as a National Historic Landmark. Now retired from her distinguished teaching career, Jane serves as president of the board and curator of the museum.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jane Beckwith
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Emily Bartlett Lamas
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Robert Harris
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Gary E. Nielsen
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Patrick Stefanoff
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