How to Hunt for Rocks

Hunting rocks can be a fun and sometimes rewarding pastime. It's easy, whether you know it or not, rocks are all around you.


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    Find a mineral site close to you: Google should provide some options, or you could ask around. Alternatively, just go on the hunt yourself. There are certain areas that harbor a lot of a single type of rock, so if you are looking for something specific, like geodes, you may want to research areas where they are common.
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    Ensure you have the right equipment: See the list of things you'll need below.
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    Make a very good map of where you're going. Often, the sites will be in the middle of a wild, trail-less area.
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    Have a go at it: Pay close attention to the ground. Remember: You're looking for things that you usually don't even notice. Look for shiny specimens in particular; this usually makes for good collecting material.
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    Identify what you find: Use a mineral identification book to identify the types of specimens you find.


  • Wash your find with water to bring out the color in it.
  • Carefully break open round rocks; you may find a geode.
  • Head for the shiny stuff. It's best to do this on a sunny day to catch a glint.


  • Always wear safety goggles when attempting to break open rocks. You can potentially hurt yourself without them.
  • It would be advisable to bring a friend, so as to not get lost alone, or so they can go and contact help if you, or someone else gets stuck, or in some other kind of trouble.
  • Be careful near cliffs and jagged rocks and/or crystals, and/or minerals.
  • Try to learn as much as you can about the area you will be. You would not want to trespass and cause property owners worry. Also, be sure to bring drinking water, and ALWAYS remove everything that you brought with you, and be prepared to leave the area in better condition than you found it.

Things You'll Need

  • Geologists hammer (regular hammer will suffice if you don't want it again)
  • Goggles (a must have)
  • Pick (screwdriver will do)
  • Something to loosen hard soil
  • Clear zip bags to put small finds in
  • Magnifying glass to see small crystals
  • Rock identification book
  • (Optional): A marker (preferably one that will not wash off, a Sharpie will suffice,) or some labels of what you think you might find, just in case you find what you are looking for, or a label maker (but that might possibly be a little cumbersome to bring,) or some other way of identifying the bags and/or containers in which you contain your rock and/or stone and/or mineral and/or metal and/or other specimens.
  • (If going spelunking or to a cave or other dangerous place to find specimens,): A friend so as to not get lost alone, or to help with finding specimens, or to go contact help if you, or someone else gets lost, stuck, or in some other kind of trouble.

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Categories: Rock Gem Mineral and Fossil Collecting