Last Field Trip for 2015
Range, UT - Topaz Mountain and Dugway Geode Beds
Oct 10-11, 2015
Leader: Robert Boehm (If you don't have his contact
info, email the CMS Webmaster below left at the Send
CMS an E-mail link)
What to collect: Topaz, Red Beryl, Bixbyite,
Pseudobrookite, Garnet, Pale Amethyst, Hematite and
If you want to go out early, contact the trip leader
to coordinate before the week of the trip.
Meet on Saturday the 10th at 9:00 AM at the turnoff
from highway 174 leading to the cove (see
map). There should be a sign saying topaz mountain rockhounding
area. Anyone arriving late on Saturday
should drive into the cove and take the west fork, leading
toward the west wall, and look for a white Tacoma
pickup with a white topper. Sunday we will go to the
geode beds on the north end of the range.
Time: Approximately 12 hours from Denver and 1 hour
From Delta, UT, go northeast on US 6 and for about
10 miles to Highway 174. Turn left and
follow Highway 174 west for about 37 miles. As you head
west youll see mountains in the distance. Once
turn northwest, topaz mountain will be directly in front
of you. The turnoff to the cove should be just before
entering a group of small hills and you will see the
circular shape of the cove below the highest point of
mountain. If you go to the end of the pavement you have
gone too far.
water, sunscreen, hat, food
crack hammer, chisels, pry bar, probe, rock pick,
garden trowel, 1/8 screen.
remote location, heat, scorpions, black widows, tarantulas
and possibly rattlesnakes.
Remote, arid, desert. Scrub covered rhyolite mountains
surrounded by salt flats.
Any vehicle can make it to the base of the range. High
clearance and 4 wheel drive may be needed in
the cove and in other locations. ATVs greatly
Plenty of primitive campsites. Some hiking is necessary
to reach the best spots, but faded topaz
can be found close to roads. For those going out early
we can visit the west side of the Thomas Range, the
garnet basins, Maynard pit (reclaimed) or the best pseudobrookite
locale. You are free to collect on BLM land.
There are active claims in the cove and other places.