Some Club Activities
The members of the Prescott Gem & Mineral club go on field trips at least once a month, weather permitting. On these trips, the members are able to locate and identify various minerals and geologic formations. The Club has gone to sites as diverse as Burro Creek, Rodeo Flats, the Anderson Mine and Obsidian Tank. Many members of the club participate in these trips and gain much knowledge and self satisfaction. Most trips include a social gathering built around a meal at mid day or the evening of the trips. Members agree that they gain much satisfaction from the trips.
Please note: You MUST be a paid member of Prescott Gem and Mineral Club to participate in ALL Field Trips!!
1) The Quartzite/geode trip was a great success; several new members showed up and had a great time! Very good weather, and a light sprinkle kept the dust down. Pictures are below… A BIG ‘thank you’ goes out to Steve Ellis for the maps and showing us his geodes.
2) Our next trip will be for purple saginite near Sheep Bridge on the Verde river in February. Meet up time for that trip will be 7:30 AM Saturday February 16, at the Blue Hills Cafe in Dewey (Route 69 at Bradshaw Mountain). We must leave at 7:45 sharp, as it is a long (2 hour) rough road drive off Bloody Basin exit/ I-17 down to the Verde River. Also, it is a daunting climb up a hill to a newer collecting area -lots of cactus, some is taller than me- and sliding rock.. Hard soled hiking boots/shoes with good grip are recommended. I have explored this already with Steve Dudar, and high clearance vehicles are necessary; 4×4 preferred. Hard rock excavation and mining… Bring your 3# or 5# sledgehammers, steel chisels, collecting bags, gloves, and EYE PROTECTION.
If you are not into hard rock mining, there is also plenty of float to pick up, it is just beautiful.
3) Anderson Mine is the next field trip, March 16, 2019. Meet up time and date will be published in the next newsletter. Information here:
It is about a 3 hour road trip from Prescott, down through Yarnell. This trip is 4X4 only as we will be crossing a large sand wash and some rough country. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and your gathering/mining tools as usual. The weather should be warm. Some of this material is mildly radioactive, so gloves, breathing and eye protection is a must. This material cannot be worked in our club shop! No children on this trip, please.
4) Suggestions and input are solicited and appreciated for YOUR ideas of where you would like to go for our trips this year. Dobell Ranch near Holbrook for petrified wood is coming soon. April 20is our expected trip date- it is a 3 hour drive. There is a fee, as it is private land
The following pictures are from recent field trips.