How to use

Introduction - is intended to provide up to date information on rockhounding locations listed in the various Gem Trails books. As there are hundreds of these sites, we can only succeed if all Gem Trails users contribute by posting and commenting on their experiences. In order to contribute, users must be registered. Registrations will help us eliminate spam from the blog and it will help ensure that contributors are serious. You must provide your email address in order to register, but we pledge that we will never use your address for any commercial purpose and we will never sell or share it for any reason without obtaining your prior explicit approval.

Finding Gem Trails Site Information – You do not need to be logged in to in order to use the site for information. Gem Trails uses the blog format to facilitate user contributions. Unfortunately, at present there is no good indexing capability. However, there are a few ways to navigate the Gem Trails to look for the rockhounding site you are interested in..

  1. By State – Click on your state under ‘Categories’ in the left hand column. Only postings for that state will be shown and you should be able to scroll down looking for the site by name and or number.
  2. By rock or mineral – Look at the ‘Popular Tags’ list in the right hand column and click on a rock or mineral that is the site is known for. Only postings that are tagged as such will be shown and again you should be able to scroll down looking for the site by name and or number. If more than one type of material is supposed to be found at the site, you can try various tags to shorten the number of sites shown.

If you can’t find a site listing, it means no one has yet contributed information for it

Posting Site Information – You must be a registered user and logged in to Gem Trails to create or edit a post. You will not be able to edit another user’s post, but you can make comments. To post, click on the ‘WordPress Admin’ link on the bottom right corner of any Gem Trails page. This will take you to the Dashboard Screen. In the left column under ‘Posts’ click on ‘Add New’ to write a new post or ‘Edit’ to update a prior post. Title your posts with the same title used in the Gem Trails book and include the state abbreviation and site number. Please make sure your post includes at least 3 sections: Directions, where you can provide details on locating the rockhounding site; Date, month and year of your vist; and Notes, where you will list details of your experience. Provide as much detail as you can on how you found the site, including GPS coordinates and/or maps, particularly if the book information was misleading or incomplete. If you have photos to include, click on the little screen icon just right of the ‘Upload/Insert’ label then on the form provided, browse to the photo on your computer and then enter a caption. Before publishing your post, remember to select the ‘ Gem Trails by State’ category and the ‘State’ category for the site. Also, please add tags for the names of any rocks, gems or minerals that you have mentioned in your post. Click where it says ‘Add new tag’ and enter the tags, separated by commas; then click ‘Add’.

Commenting on Site Posts – You must be a registered user and logged in to comment on a post. If you have not done so, click on the title of the post and display the ‘Leave a Comment’ option at the bottom of the post. Click on ‘add one now’ and write your post in  the comment box. Then click ‘Submit’.

Logging On to Gem Trails – Click on the ‘WordPress Admin’ link on the bottom right corner of any Gem Trails page. This will take you to the login screen where you can enter your Username and Password.

Registering for Gem Trails – Click on the ‘WordPress Admin’ link on the bottom right corner of any Gem Trails page. This will take you to the login screen where you can click on the ‘Register’ link. Then at the Register page, enter your desired Username and your email address. A password will be emailed to you. Retrieve your password and login. You may change your password after logging on and going to the click on the ‘WordPress Admin’

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dkatski50 May 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Comment moved. Now a Post.

dkatski50 May 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Comment moved. Now a Post.

livewire November 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Oregon update:
I’ve been informed by the Gem Guides folks that site #97 of the Oregon book, which is Little River, is now closed. There is no legal access to the Little River at this site. I don’t know if that’s new, or if there never was.


peach107 November 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

A couple of years ago we decided to take a tour of all of the national parks in Utah. I had just gotten into rock/mineral collecting and decided to look for a few samples along the way. In my searches, I had found references to the book, “Gem Trails of Utah”. I bought a copy off of EBAY and away we went. On our zigzag course of Utah we hit at least 13 of the sites listed within. We returned to Wisconsin with samples of Amethyst, Agates, Petrified Wood, Trilobites, Jasper, Sunstones, Selenite, Fossilized Oyster Shells, Basalt, Obsidian, Opal and more. For us, all of the directions seemed to be exact on. Somebody did his homework. We had absolutely no problems finding any of the 13 sites. Here is a list of those sites. Looking Glass Road, Silver City, Hells Backbone, Fremont River, Blue Flats, Caineville, Panguitch, Brian Head, Cedar Canyon, Delta Trilobite Quarry, Clear Lake, Marysvale and Parowan. Our favorite was the Delta Trilobite site. I guarantee you won’t leave here empty handed. 20 miles down a gravel road sounds rough, but it wasn’t that bad of a ride in our Ford Fusion. It was well worth the trip. Even though “all” of the sites produced, Clear Lake and Silver City get honorable mention as we had so much fun there. Crawling on our knees in the rain at Clear Lake and chasing rattlers at Silver City was a blast.
I have 21 months until retirement and a move to Arizona. I have already ordered “Gem Trails of Arizona” and will have another route all planned out by the time I get there. Can’t wait.
Also, I found a rock at the silver city site that 3 local rock shops (in Utah) had no idea what it was. It contained thin sedimentary layers alternating from white to gray, which fluoresced when checked at 1 of the shops. Even the Geology professor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay had no idea what it was.