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Nevada

Rainbow Ridge Opal (NV Site 23)

by JerrySeptember 26, 2011 Gem Trails by State

Directions: The book directions are fine and the site is easily reached. Mitchell doesn’t mention that the campground is available and free (first come basis). Dry camping only, but water is available and there is a shower room and a warm spring fed pool.
Date: June 2011
Notes: The weather was perfect in early June, but it [...]

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Lovelock Agate (NV R2, Site 33)

by JessiJune 22, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: The directions were easy enough to follow, but the road to the left and the “parking area” to the right sort of sneak up on you. (There is a lot of sage and grass growing in them, so perhaps they are getting harder to see as time goes by). There is plenty of parking, [...]

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Fallon Agate (NV R3, Site 45)

by JessiJune 22, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: We were not able to find the wash area, but did make it to Green Mountain. The map in the book shows the road going straight past the “pits”, but in reality, the road has to zig-zag around the mine property. But once you are past the mine, any road will get you out [...]

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Fallon Wonderstone (NV R3, Site 44)

by JessiJune 22, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: We just got back from a road trip to NV, and this was the first stop we made. The directions were easy enough to follow, but we did arrive after dark, so that made it a little challenging. There are so many small roads leading to the left and right, so we just tried [...]

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Rabbit Springs Nodules (NV Site 15)

by JerryMay 5, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Note: The information for this site is taken from the May 2009 issue of Rock & Gem by Robert Beard.
Directions: Rabbit Springs is actually over the border in Idaho. The Gem Trails directions appear adequate.
Google Map
GPS: 42 03.765, 114 40.217
Date: March 2008
Notes: Refer to the Rock & Gem article for details. Note that site is [...]

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Fallon Wonderstone (NV Site 44)

by JerryApril 14, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Directions: The directions in Gem Trails are generally accurate, but the map is a little misleading.  At 2.3 miles beyond the cattle guard, you dead-end at a Bentonite clay mining operation, with dirt roads going left and right. Follow the left branch around the clay pit to get to Wonderstone Mountain, also called Rainbow Mountain [...]

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Fallon Agate (NV Site 45)

by JerryApril 14, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Directions: The directions in Gem Trails are generally accurate, but the map is a little misleading.  At 2.3 miles beyond the cattle guard, you dead-end at a Bentonite clay mining operation, with dirt roads going left and right. Follow the right branch around the clay pit to get to Green Mountain, obvious when you see [...]

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Lake Lohanton Agate (NV Site 38)

by JerryApril 12, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Directions: You can’t miss this site north of US 50 about 15 miles east of Fallon.
Google Map
Date: April 2009
Notes: The first place we stopped was just across from the Churchill Beach entrance to Lohanton State Recreation Area. We found both agate and jasper, pieces up to 15 or 20 pounds in a variety of colors. [...]

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Ramsey Agate (NV Site 39)

by JerryApril 12, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Directions: You will have no trouble finding Gasline Road off US 95A. There is an unlocked BLM gate, just remember to secure it after you enter or leave. Just beyond the gate the road divides; bear straight ahead.
Google Map
Date: April 2009
Notes: Our first stop was atop a rise about 1.6 miles in. We found multi-colored [...]

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Fernley Agate (NV Site 37)

by JerryApril 12, 2009 Gem Trails by State

Directions: The map and instructions in Gem Trails seem clear enough. There is a dirt road opposite Speedway Road off US 95A. The problem is that there is no collectible rock at the location.
Google Map
Date: April 2009
Notes: About 1/4 mile north of the designated site (intersection of side road and phone line road) we started [...]

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