2000 Field Trips
  Index:
May 13 - 14 Copper Rivet Mine, CO Trip
May 27 - 29 Bingham, NM Trip
June 10 - 11 Devil's Head (Sedalia, CO)
July 1 - 4 Big Sandy Resevoir (Farson, Wyoming)
August 22 - 23 Spruce Grove/Tarryall Mtns. (Tarryall, CO)
August 26 Stoneham, CO
September 2 - 4 Mt. Antero (Nathrop, CO)
September 2 - 4 Maybell, CO
October 7 - 9 Topaz Mtn., Thomas Range, Utah Trip

Copper Rivet Mine, CO Trip
May 13-14
Pictures and Trip Report!

Days: Saturday & Sunday
Where: (see the club's field trip booklet or May newsletter)
Land owner: Private property (club members have permission)
To Collect: Copper-bearing minerals such as Malachite, Azurite; Calcite
Leader: Tim Hillsten
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Steep cliffs; sunburn
Terrain: low mountains; scrub; pinon pines
Difficulty: Extreme hike
Elevation: ~6000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Pick, rock hammer, chisels, crack hammer, shovel and collecting bags.
Camping: close to collecting site on BLM land
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: probably Grand Junction, although Gateway and Whitewater might have a small store.
Nearest Motel is in: Grand Junction, CO
Additional Comments: Grand Junction Rock Show is during the same weekend. Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs. Hike to the dump is strenuous. Approximately a 1000 ft elevation gain on an un-maintained dirt road. Hike to the main adit is an extreme hike. Only 100 to 200 ft, but is very difficult to navigate. Additional details will be available soon.

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Bingham, New Mexico Trip
May 27-29
Pictures!

Days: Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Where: (see the club's field trip booklet or May newsletter)
Land owner: Private property (club members have permission)
To Collect: Fluorite, Galena, Barite, Quartz, Linarite, Brochantite, etc.
Leader: Bob Loeffler
Fee or Donation: $7.50 per person per day
Health Hazards: Sunburn; heat; scorpions; rattlesnakes.
Terrain: Steep, rocky mountains; desert.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: low desert
Vehicle Suggested: Any; High Clearance suggested.
Equipment Suggested: Pick, rock hammer, chisels, prybar and collecting bags.
Camping: (to be announced)
Water: Not Available. Bring plenty of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: 30 miles in San Antonio, NM; Socorro has more selection and is 40 miles away.
Nearest Motel is in: Socorro, 40 miles away.
Additional Comments: Minimal supplies in San Antonio, NM. The digging area is southeast of Bingham on a dirt road that goes through several dry washes. Terrain is very barren and dry. It could be very hot or cold; desert climate is very unpredictable. Bring plenty of water (1 gallon per person per day). Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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Devil's Head, CO Trip
June 10-11
Pictures!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see the club's field trip booklet or June newsletter)
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Smoky Quartz, Amazonite and Topaz
Leader: Jim & Rose Reynolds
Fee or Donation: Optional Forest Service donation
Health Hazards: Ticks and sunburn
Terrain: Rocky mountains and hills; pine and aspen trees.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 8500 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, crack hammer, chisels, screen, small prybar and collecting bags.
Camping: 0 to 2 miles from collecting site
Water: Available at Devil's Head Campground
Nearest Town for Supplies: 21 miles away
Nearest Motel is in: 21 miles away
Additional Comments: Dry camp. Last few miles on bladed forest road. 0-2 mile hike on moderate to steep terrain. Mid-afternoon storms. Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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Big Sandy Resevoir in Farson, WY
July 1-4
Trip Report!

Days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Where: (see club's field trip booklet or June newsletter)
Land owner: Public property
To Collect: Blue Forest Wood, Eden Valley Wood, Agate and Fossil Fish
Leader: Ron Knoshaug
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Sunburn if sunny; mosquitos and ticks.
Terrain: High desert
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: ~7200 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, chisels, long thin pole for probing in the ground, and collecting bags.
Camping: near collecting sites
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Farson, WY
Nearest Motel is in: Farson, WY
Additional Comments: Toilets available at camp site. Probably won't have a rock swap this year. One motel in Farson; more in Rock Springs which is 35 miles to the south. Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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Spruce Grove/Taryall Mtns., CO Trip
July 22-23
Pictures and Trip Report!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's field trip booklet or July newsletter)
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Topaz and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Ron Knoshaug
Fee or Donation: $7.00 per night if camping
Health Hazards: Mosquitos!!!!
Terrain: Rocky mountains and hills; pine and aspen trees.
Difficulty: Moderate to Extreme
Elevation: ~8700 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, hammer, prybar, screen and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: at the Spruce Grove Campground; 1 1/4 miles from collecting site.
Water: Available at campground
Nearest Town for Supplies: Lake George, CO (15 miles away)
Nearest Motel is in: Lake George, CO (15 miles away)
Additional Comments: Paved road to campground. May have potholes. 1 1/4 mile hike over moderate to difficult terrain to collecting site; one or two steep hills. Toilets available. Bring lots of mosquito repellant!!! Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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Stoneham, CO Trip
August 26
Pictures!

Days: Saturday
Where: (see club's August newsletter)
Land owner: Private property; permission REQUIRED (club members have permission)
To Collect: Blue Barite
Leader: Ron Knoshaug
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Can be hot, cold (snow) and/or windy; Sunburn (no shade); possible rattlesnakes.
Terrain: Grassy plains and barren cliffs.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: ~4500 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, crack hammer, chisels, prybar, pick, wedges and something to hold your specimens (such as egg cartons and tissues).
Camping: Not applicable
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Ft. Morgan, CO (36 miles to the south)
Nearest Motel is in: Ft. Morgan, CO (36 miles to the south)
Additional Comments: Digging is in rock-hard clay. No open fires. Fill in holes. If wet or muddy, do not drive on access road; park on main road and hike in.

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Mt. Antero, CO Trip
September 2-4
Pictures!

Days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Where: (see club's field trip booklet or August/September newsletters)
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Aquamarine, Fluorite, Phenakite and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Andy Taylor
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Extremely high altitude; cold; windy; rain, snow, hail; lightning in afternoon; sunburn if sunny; rockslides (loose rocks).
Terrain: Steep, bare, rocky mountains; above the tree-line.
Difficulty: Extreme
Elevation: 12,000 - 14,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: 4WD REQUIRED!!!
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, crack hammer, chisels, garden scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: 2 miles from digging site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes several hours due to bad road)
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes several hours due to bad road)
Additional Comments: Afternoon storms are common. Elevation at camp is almost 12,000 ft. All collecting areas are above 12,500 ft. Buena Vista is a couple hours away due to extremely rough dirt and rock roads that can have potholes more than a foot deep. Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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Maybell, CO Trip
September 2-4
CANCELLED!!!

Days: Saturday, Sunday and maybe Monday
Where: (see club's field trip booklet or August/September newsletters)
Land owner: (to be announced)
To Collect: Turitella Agate, Turitella shells, zebrastone, cutting material
Leader: Wes Auld
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: None
Terrain: some steep hills
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: ~5000 - 6000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: (to be announced)
Camping: near the digging area; fee camping in Maybell
Water: None
Nearest Town for Supplies: Craig, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Craig, CO
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs. Approximately 5 hours from Denver.

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Topaz Mtn., Thomas Range, Utah Trip
October 7-9
Pictures!

Days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Where: (see club's field trip booklet or October newsletter)
Land owner: Bureau of Land Management
To Collect: Topaz, Bixbyite, Pseudobrookite, Garnets and Red Beryl
Leader: Eldon Hunewell
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Desert conditions (can be hot, cold and/or windy); may snow; possible scorpions, rattlesnakes and bugs; sunburn.
Terrain: Barren desert mountains; rocky.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: ~5300 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any (some rough roads)
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, rock hammer, chisels, crack hammer, 1/8" steel rod (curled), screen, screwdriver and egg cartons or flats to hold your specimens.
Camping: within sight of digging area
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Delta, UT (50 miles to the southwest)
Nearest Motel is in: Delta, UT (50 miles to the southwest)
Additional Comments: No facilities. Bring plenty of water. The Dugway Geode Beds location is just north of Topaz Mt. Joint trip with the RAMS and Gates clubs.

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