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Finding Geodes in Colorado?

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Bob
Finding Geodes in Colorado?
October 12, 2004 02:42PM
G'day,

Is Colorado a state where goedes can be found? Colorado has a few volcanic areas, but I have not been sucessful finding info regarding geodes in those areas.

I'll appreciate any insight, thx

Cheers

Bob
Tom H
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
October 12, 2004 09:06PM
Hey Bob! Check out the Wolf Creek Pass, Garden Park (Felch Creek?) and HouseLog Creek localities. I've been to the third but not the first two. I've also heard that there are geodes near State Bridge, but I don't have any details. Good hunting!
Bob
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
October 13, 2004 12:21PM
Thank for the info, I appreciate the reply.

Cheers
Bob
Tom H
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
October 14, 2004 05:21PM
I expect a report on what you find! ;~)
JR
Finding Geodes in Colorado? Yes, Yes yes
November 12, 2004 08:36PM
We visited CO back in 1999 and rockhounded for almost 3 weeks. One of the many places we visited was south of Salida and Poncha Springs. On the way to a mined out gold mine called Crystal Mountain, where we found some nice quartz crystals, we went through an area off to the west where one could dig geodes from the east face of a steep hill. The digging was pretty hard, the soil was very hard and dry.

The geodes have star shaped crevices filled with a translucent mineral, which is quite fluorescent under SW UV. They're quite solid, not very susceptable to weathering, so I have them in my flower garden.

If I recall correctly we found the site in a colorado guide book, a slender paperback edition, and I do not recall the name or author.

Maybe this is a clue that will allow you to find that site, and dig your own. We each got several of the geodes, which were VERY hard to crack, since they were mostly filled with agate.

JR in West Virginia
Don Webb
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado? Yes, Yes yes
January 08, 2005 05:31PM
My son tells me that there are plenty of geodes in Yamhill county in Oregon. I am going there in May.
Will report what I find.
Don Webb
Where in Wolf Creek Pass?
kaitlin
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
August 23, 2009 11:31PM
are there geodes in colorado?
because really want to find one


are there any in the garden of the gods?


thanks

katelyn
avatar Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
August 25, 2009 06:28PM
    
I was given pounds of quartz crystals from "Wolf Creek pass"
I asked for better local information, but all I could get was "i think it was north of the pass"
Will ask the guy again when I see him, as I've been wondering also.
AK
Anonymous User
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
August 30, 2009 03:23PM
There are 2 different areas off of Wolf Creek pass where one can find geodes. One is right off of the highway in the last road cut before Treasure Falls(going down the pass). The other is below the sharp corner with the overlook, 2 corners above the previously mentioned location. It is easiest to get to from below. there is a road on the right, past Treasure Falls, which goes to a camping area and the forest. Take it, stay right at the fork and follow the road, park at the end, and follow the road/path until you get to where you start seeing geodes in the rock, maybe 1-1.5 miles.
Examples:


Area below overlook, 37°26'58.47"N 106°53'8.73"W
Area above treasure falls, 37°27'4.04"N 106°52'56.10"W
There are other zeolites as well, besides the heulandite, and also calcite.
Houselog Creek is also a good location as is north of Del Norte. I can give you better directions if you need.
Houselog pics: and location, [www.mindat.org]
I have heard there are also septarian nodules on Liberty Point by Pueblo Reservoir. Nothing around Garden of the Gods that I have heard.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2009 04:38PM by Jim Hall.
Devon6980
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
July 19, 2010 11:31PM
I live in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

is there any Geodes up the East Fork road?

I heard there was a lot of quartz up there. I'm just getting into this and am really Intrigued
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
July 20, 2010 12:51PM
Devon 6980,

Greetings neighbor. I live north of Bayfield.

I collected the Wolf Creek locality twice this spring. It's getting somewhat collected out, although there is still material available with work and a sledge hammer. I did find a few nice larger geodes in a large boulder that I uncovered and then sledged apart. Heulandite, Quartz, a couple of amethysts, mordenite, calcite and some zeolites I need identified were all recovered.

That locality is situated 1/2 mile or so toward the pass (north) from the Treasure Falls parking area (off Hwy. 160). You'll see where CDOT workers have piled dump truck loads of dirt and rock. Straight ahead (north) is a long steep slope on the downhill side of the highway. You'll need good boots as it is quite steep. You'll see the geodes in the cliff to your right, about 3/4 mile above the Treasure Falls parking area as you head up the pass.

I've never collected the East Fork locality although I've seen the evidence while on my way up that road to fish some of the streams. The same road also leads to the Muddy Creek barite locality, a place I've collected for years and most recently last Thursday. (It is really collected out now, though.) You'll see evidence of the zeolites a couple of miles up the East Fork road from Hwy. 160. I've heard the material there is similar to and possibly better than that which is found at the Wolf Creek locality.

The two localities are about 4 miles apart. I've always intended to prospect the area between them, but haven't yet. A future project for a September or October day.

Mark
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
July 20, 2010 01:10PM
Some of the thundereggs at Twin Mountains, near Del Norte are lined with quartz crystals inside. It's been years since I was there so I don't know about claim status in the area, however. I've heard of small geodes near the top of Imogene Pass as well as near the top of Engineer Pass. I've been over both many times but have never looked for them. The area west of Saguache is another on the "to do" list for me. I've heard of geodes but never collected there.

Mark
poncha girl
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado? Yes, Yes yes
February 15, 2011 01:56PM
My grandfather lived in Poncha Springs, CO. When I was young he took me around the area "Rockhounding". I rememer finding a large melon sized geode and was so excited. I know my grandfather found many others but I couldn't tell you exactly where. I know he did rockhounding around Bonanza and Ruby Mountain. I don't think you can hunt at Ruby Mountain any more.
avatar Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
February 16, 2011 07:13PM
    
Wolf Creek Pass is currently receiving 3 feet (40cm) of snow (Feb. 16). Don't try collecting there today unless you have a good 4X4 vehicle, or you are crazy, or both.
Abbi
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
July 25, 2011 01:49AM
Have you had any luck? If you do let me now. But just like everybody else all I know about is wolf creek pass. GOOD LUCK!(:D
Patrick E Haynes
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
July 25, 2011 01:25PM
Hello. FYI- Tony Kampf checked Wolf Creek Pass' orange heulandite. It is heulandite-Na.
Randy
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
October 06, 2011 08:33PM
southern colorado- pueblo resivoir and the surronding areas ive found hundreds
Uncle Chuck
Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
August 06, 2013 07:24PM
Was just out in the Gunnison Gorge NCA along Smith Mountain and found this lovely creature. It's some sort of quartz geode-looking thing, but in no means is it round or oval in shape. Found it along side an old petrified mud plume.


Re: Finding Geodes in Colorado?
May 06, 2014 04:12PM
I live just outside of Saguache, if anybody want to get together to hit up Houselog Creek or Crystal Hill mine send me a message. I've been there a few times and can show you around.
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