Field Trips

Field Trips

Members of the Prescott Gem and Mineral club go on field trips at least once a month, weather permitting. On these trips, the members are able to locate, identify, and collect various rocks and minerals. The Club has gone to sites as diverse as Burro Creek, Rodeo Flats, Anderson Mine, and Obsidian Tank. Many members of the club participate in these trips and gain much knowledge and self satisfaction.

To add to the pleasure of discovering these treasures, some take what beauties they have collected and utilize our lapidary workshop to turn their unique finds into beautiful cabochons that can be used to make jewelry or just polish them up for display and keep the memories of their adventures. If you have an interest in learning and discovering more about rocks and minerals or just love to get out in nature, we would love for you to join us and become a member.  If you haven’t filled out a liability release form, please go to the “To Join Our Club” page to print it out and submit it at a general meeting or to the field trip leader.

A large portion of our hobby consists of collecting in the field. Our members are proud to endorse these Code of Ethics as stated by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Click the link to view our Code of Ethics

Field Trip Updates

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Fossil Creek Rd. Field Trip Report:

Fossil Creek Rd 1On March 20th, we had a very successful club field trip to Fossil Creek Rd., where we collected beautiful black agate, flame colored jasper, and botryoidal chalcedony and druzy, mostly lavender colored, but also some pink and white. 30 members joined us in 15 vehicles!

We had to do a bit of bushwhacking to get up to the collection area, but Fossil Creek Rd 2everyone made it up there, and from what I gathered, everyone found great specimens and went home happy!





Fossil Creek Rd 3After collecting at the Fossil Rd. site, some of us made a side trip to see fumeroles from ancient volcanic action. These were formed when hot volcanic gases rose up through the volcano’s cinder cone and hardened the volcanic ash,

Then, as millennia passed, the softer volcanic ash eroded away, leaving the dramatic cone-shaped shells of the fumeroles. Holes can be seen where (presumably) hot gases vented from the fumeroles. Quite an amazing sight!

Fossil Creek Rd 4

Upcoming Field Trip:

I am planning a field trip to southern Utah, based in the Kanab area.

The dates are Friday, April 16, , April 17, and returning on Sunday, April 18.

The plan is to meet up at the Moose Lodge in Prescott Valley at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16. We will then caravan to Kanab, Utah. This should be about a 5-hour trip.

I will make sure every vehicle has a working radio. This is important on a road trip this long where we can easily get

Once everyone has checked into their motel, or hooked up in their RV campground, we will meet in the parking lot of the
Quality Inn at the south end of Kanab on Rte 89.

Then, since folks will be somewhat tired from the 5-hour drive, I have checked with the Moqui Cave Museum, which is on Rte. 89 north of Kanab, and they will be open and happy to see us. There are fossils, Indian relics, and in the back of the cave there is an exhibit of fluorescent minerals under black lights.

Saturday will be a day of collection, septarian nodules near Orderville, then petrified wood near Glendale.
On Sunday morning, George and Sharon Lane have been kind enough to offer to show us some gate collection sites near
Red Canyon UT.

If we have time, somewhere in this busy schedule, we can take a look at the Pink Coral Sand State Park. It’s beautiful and
worth a look. Perhaps Friday afternoon or Sunday morning before heading back home to AZ.

I urge anyone interested in this trip to make RV park, campground, or motel reservations soon!

I have had good experiences at the J&J RV Park and at the Quality Inn on the south end of town. There are many other RV parks, campgrounds, and motels to choose from in the Kanab area as well.

I hope to see many of you up there!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mark Wenden
VP, Field Trip Leader

April Newsletter

Previous Field Trip:

We had an awesome time on the January 18th trip out to Burro Creek. We found some beautiful common opal, Pastelite, Agate, and also ventured further to a site to collect Apache tears. We had a wonderful turn out and everyone found some great material.

To view other past field trips, please visit the drop down menu under Previous Field Trip Archive.