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Nevada Rockhounding Map

Nevada Rockhounding Map

Being a rockhound means always researching the next great spot to go mineral hunting. Since I was taking the time to enter locations into my GPS I thought it’d be nice to share this resource and save you the work. Most of these locations are primarily sourced from a few key books: Gem Trails of California, Gem Trails of Nevada, Rockhounding California and Rockhounding Nevada. Sites derived from these source books have entries referencing the book and page number for more detailed information. I plan on expanding the map to include sites in California, Oregon and Utah in the future and will also be integrating a form for submitting your own locations. We really hope you enjoy the map and get some use out of it! Please give us your feedback, comments and any missing locales.

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California & Nevada Rockhounding Map

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Linka Mine, Nevada: 39.329288, -116.835785
Rainbow Opal Mine: 41.797680, -119.013777
Hubbard Basin: 41.697102, -114.906731
Texas Spring Canyon: 41.653195, -114.421964
Virgin Valley Opal Field, Humboldt County: 41.786633, -119.098959
Little Joe/Duffy Deposit/Willow Creek, Humboldt County: 41.138137, -119.147297
Starfire Opal Mine, Near Gabbs, NV: 39.052253, -118.010744
Garnet Hill Recreation Area, Ely, NV: 39.270394, -114.919841
Goose Creek Petrified Wood, Near Jackpot, NV: 41.945999, -114.072022
Black Shale Pit, Elko, NV: 40.860646, 115.857266
Chalcedony, Elko, NV: 40.753157, -115.827745
Ferdelford Canyon, Carlin, NV: 40.572465, -116.115024
Larabee Mining District: 40.337758, -116.018072
Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine: 41.801944, -119.016363
Royal Peacock Opal Mine: 41.786632, -119.099000
Hardin City Ghost Town Geodes: 41.114855, -119.002503
Black Rock Desert, The Slot: 41.100685, -118.972279
Black Rock Desert: 40.930254, -119.051074
Valley of Fire A: 36.397667, -114.695000
Valley of Fire B: 36.399000, -114.690333
Stonewall Pass B: 37.375833, -117.230667
Stonewall Pass A: 37.388000, -117.229500
The Sump (Lower): 37.919000, -118.105500
The Sump (Upper): 37.936167, -118.073167
Tonopah A: 38.074167, -117.168833
Tonopah B: 38.090667, -117.129667
Tonopah C: 38.090833, -117.134000
Traverse Creek: 38.871624, -120.818683
Kaiser Mine: 39.047167, -118.102167
Wonderstone Mountain B: 39.402000, -118.553667
Wonderstone Mountain D: 39.405167, -118.548333
Wonderstone Mountain C: 39.405167, -118.550833
Wonderstone Mountain E: 39.406000, -118.547167
Yellow Mountain: 39.408333, -118.576167
Wonderstone Mountain A: 39.411833, -118.551000
Taylorville: 40.077695, -120.827372
Trinity Mountains B: 40.169667, -118.733000
Trinity Mountains A: 40.171667, -118.721667
Williard Creek: 40.373889, -120.805000
Unionville: 40.433667, -118.127833
Susanville: 40.491667, -120.556944
Tuscarora: 41.321500, -116.229667
Vya: 41.367667, -119.638000
Texas Spring: 41.670833, -114.560667
Surprise Hill: 42.023167, -117.910167
McDermitt Agate: 42.025000, -117.905167
Agate Hill: 42.025000, -117.866333
Antelope Lake: 40.159526, -120.575855
Badlands: 38.059667, -117.782167
Basalt: 38.009000, -118.236000
Beatty: 36.961500, -116.712667
Bench Creek: 39.309333, -117.980167
Black Shale Hills: 40.865667, -115.865000
Blair Junction: 38.019000, -117.775500
Bogwood: 41.705500, -114.578667
Bonanza Opal Mines: 41.876667, -119.027500
Buffalo Canyon A: 39.211667, -117.816833
Buffalo Canyon B: 39.206167, -117.816833
Carrara A: 36.825500, -116.709000
Carrara B: 36.833167, -116.699500
Carrara C: 36.830667, -116.699667
Carrara D: 36.798667, -116.712167
Chalcedony Hill P45: 39.448000, -119.225167
Coal Canyon Road A: 40.035500, -118.131667
Coal Canyon Road B: 40.129000, -118.167667
Coaldale: 38.101000, -117.876333
Cold Springs Valley Road: 39.648833, -119.957500
Contact: 41.751000, -114.764000
Copper Basin: 41.746167, -115.474833
Cordero Mine: 41.924833, -117.814167
Cottonwood Spring: 42.027333, -117.926500
Crow Springs A: 38.232167, -117.583500
Crow Springs B: 38.233833, -117.605833
Crow Springs C: 38.255167, -117.618333
Daisy Creek: 40.256667, -117.346167
Deeth: 41.375500, -115.359667
Denio: 41.990095, -118.634324
Eagle Picher Mine A: 40.275667, -118.750333
Eagle Picher Mine B: 40.269000, -118.768667
Eagle Picher Mine C: 40.269667, -118.777333
Eagle Picher Mine D: 40.269333, -118.789000
Ferdelford Canyon: 40.554167, -116.089000
Fish Lake Valley: 37.932500, -117.981833
Folsom Lake: 38.745419, -121.119669
Gabbs Pole Line: 38.162333, -117.331500
Garnet Hill: 39.282167, -114.948833
Gas Line Road/Ramsey Agate: 39.504581, -119.195128
Gooch Spring: 41.885667, -119.279167
Gopher Holes: 42.061667, -117.961833
Green Mountain: 39.392333, -118.556667
Petersen Mountain, Hallelujah Junction: 39.775116, -120.038617
Hilltop Road: 39.527667, -119.232667
Jackpot: 41.797333, -114.561667
Kaiser Mine Road: 39.045167, -118.084000
Kernick Mine: 38.327667, -118.135667
Lahontan Reservoir: 39.452333, -119.086000
Lida Junction A: 37.531833, -117.167500
Lida Junction B: 37.533333, -117.163833
Lida Junction C: 37.440517, -117.271000
Luning A: 38.502000, -118.126833
Luning B: 38.508000, -118.100667
Luning C: 38.509667, -118.099500
Major's Place: 39.038333, -114.607667
Mason Pass Road A: 39.035333, -119.254333
Mason Pass Road B: 39.030000, -119.258500
Mason Pass Road C: 39.015500, -119.266833
Nellie Spring A: 41.393000, -119.533000
Nellie Spring B: 41.392833, -119.521167
North of Gabbs: 39.088333, -118.068833
Old Highway: 39.248333, -119.233000
Opal Wood Hill: 42.059667, -117.945833
Picture Stone Pit: 42.013333, -118.042500
Pioche: 38.096500, -114.595167
Pipeline Road: 39.535556, -119.238889
Red Tailings: 42.049833, -118.036000
Royal Peacock Mine: 41.876667, -119.027667
Rte 34 - Cattle Guard: 41.277833, -119.572000
Rte 34 - Lost Creek Rd: 41.219333, -119.479833
Rte 34 - Obsidian Hill: 41.236167, -119.517167
Rte 34 - Rhyolite Castle: 41.254167, -119.557833
Rte 34 - Road Cut: 41.272667, -119.570000
Scotty's Junction A: 37.208333, -116.960667
Scotty's Junction B: 37.289167, -117.044667
Scotty's Junction C: 37.278500, -117.083833
Scotty's Junction D: 37.288000, -117.048500
Union Flat Campground: 39.568095, -120.744681
Fernley: 39.536151, -119.230077
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Agate Hill
Agate (Rockhounding NV P75)
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Antelope Lake
Rose Quartz (Rockhounding CA P166-168)
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Agate, Petrified Wood, Chalcedony (Rockhounding NV P188)
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Petrified Wood, Jasper (Rockhounding NV P178)
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Fluorescent Chalcedony (Rockhounding NV P216)
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Bench Creek
Plant Fossils, Opal (Rockhounding NV P188)
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Black Rock Desert

The Black Rock Desert is a semi-arid region of lava beds and playa, or alkali flats. The silt playa 100 miles (160 km) north of Reno encompasses more than 300,000 acres of land and contains more than 120 miles of historic trails. Agate, Arsenopyrite, Azurite, Barite, Cinnabar, Epidote, Fire Opal, Geodes, Gypsum, Magnetite, Malachite, Marcasite, Miargyrite, Obsidian, Petrified Wood, Stibnite, Topaz, Rhyolite, Tourmaline can all be found in the Black Rock-High Rock country.

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Black Rock Desert, The Slot
Agates and geodes are in this area, through the slot in the hills to the east.
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Black Shale Hills
Fossils (Rockhounding NV P139-40)
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Black Shale Pit, Elko, NV
Four miles just up the road from Elko on Highway 225 you’ll find a black shale pit to the east; while there look for crinoids, brachiopods, corals and ammonites in the limestone layer. More
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  1. A great place to hunt for citrine, quartz and also rumored amethyst is crystal peak mine in dog valley, right outside of Verdi Nv. It isn’t marked on your map so I figured I would make a suggestion.

    1. OMG I can’t believe I forgot to put that in… Crystal Peak Mine is one of our favorite spots and what got us started in rockhounding. Thanks so much for the reminder I will add that in shortly and prob do an expanded blog post on the area as well.

  2. hji Troy, I hope this finds you happy and hunting.
    My husband and I find ourselves with 4 days to hunt in Reno. We are Docents at the Crater Rock Museum in southern Oregon. Ive always wanted to collect some dead camel { I think its out by Fallon. i’ve try’ed to get in touch with the two guys that have a claim there but to no avail. Walt Harrison I believe is one fella. Also do some bigger crystal finds. smoky or amethyst. We have a 4 wheel drive camper and are eager to explore your country. if your willing and able or even have some guidance please do share a direction. Big smiles, Shona 541.840.9359 text if you like.

  3. I’m not positive the place you’re getting your info, but great topic.

    I must spend some time learning more or figuring out more.
    Thank you for excellent info I was on the lookout for this info for my mission.

  4. If you want to add some locations in Utah try: I visited a couple sites recommended there and found some beautiful agate. Especially “agate hill by Bryce”. Oh, I’ve also found some nice agate at the Lake Lahontan site that you’ve mentioned. One thing; I’m always concerned about trespassing or picking on someone’s claim. Some of the reference books are getting old, so be aware and respectful.

  5. Headed out to Nixon, Black Rock, and that direction in a couple of weeks. Pulling a trailer. Can we park anywhere out there? What is the most productive place to look? Agate Jasper geodes opal wood, etc.

    1. The Black Rock has some amazing pockets of geodes and Apache Tears are abundant just northeast of there which should be in your area. Not sure on the Jasper but sure would love to hear about your experience!

  6. Great site! Interactive maps are very helpful.
    There is a pretty good website/blog for Utah collecting at: . It has interactive map too, with directions and descriptions. On vacation in 2017 went to the “Agate Hill near Bryce Canyon” and saw lots of agate in many colors and sizes.
    From your map I plan on getting down to the sites near Tonopah this September to investigate/collect.

  7. What a great website I am somewhat new to the area and I’ve been trying to find places to go with my family and fun things to do in the area I have found many fun things to do. I highly recommend this for anybody that’s new to the area . Our just looking for a activity to do on a weekend holiday vacation whatever they’ve got it all

  8. Hey! I am new to the area and would like to go to Crystal peak.
    Do you need 4 wheel drive to get there?
    Also how long would it take to get there from Golden valley?
    Thanks all!

    1. It shouldn’t take you more than 45 minutes from Golden Valley. There are two routes, one near the Bonanza (likely the way you would go) and the other entrance through Verdi/Mogul area. Unless there have been some unforeseen washouts you shouldn’t need a 4-wheel drive however as you get to the parking area for Crystal Mountain the road gets a little iffy so I would recommend a high clearance vehicle or just take care when driving around the ruts in the parking lot.

        1. Actually there are two separate routes to Crystal Peak, one through Verdi right behind the Bonanza casino and then the northern route from Bordertown. Try the alternate route and you will find a second crystal mine.

  9. Hey Troy, Nice site! Copied the locations to GMaps. Going with my gal to celebrate our 70th birthdays from Seattle to Phoenix via Nevada in March/April. Used to live in the desert so kinda know her moods. Survival gear, guns, and going to have fun. Done some hunting (rock) around Caliente, Alamo, Vegas and Overton. Doing 93 and 95 coming and going. Any added advice you’d like to part with sir? Leave the artifacts where you find them? Frank

  10. Good morning
    Im looking to join a rockhound group.
    I have been collecting specimens for about 20 years but I’m not real knowledgeable at what I have I’m looking for help or a group I can join to learn any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

  11. Hi Troy! I have been rockhounding in Northern Nevada for a couple years and would love to find some geodes, crystals, garnets, amethyst! Can you tell me some detailed info on where to go? We go four wheeling all the time. I live near Carson City. I have the Rockhounding Nevada book but it is pretty outdated (a lot of private property etc). Feel free to email me anytime! Thanks, Kim

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