Rockhounding on BLM Land

The Bureau of Land Management does permit amateur rockhounders to hunt and collect specimens on BLM-held properties. There’s a “catch” limit of 25lbs. per day plus one piece, with an annual maximum of 250lbs.

The BLM cites several locations on their page, and recommends you check in with the local field office before you go hunting, to insure that the areas you choose are not private property.

Not all BLM land is open to rockhounding. Rock and mineral collection is specifically prohibited on National Monuments properties and those regions designated as Research Natural Areas.

Arizona Strip Field Office

Kingman Field Office

  • Burro Creek Campground – Located 1 1/2 miles off U.S. Highway 93, approximately 60 miles¬†northwest of Wickenburg.

Safford Field Office

  • Black Hills Rockhound Area – From the intersection of Highway 70, east of Safford, travel 10 miles north on Highway 191 to Black Hills Rockhound Area. Follow the dirt road 2 miles to the center of the rockhound area.
  • Round Mountain Rockhound Area – From Highway 70 east of Safford approximately 50 miles, travel into New Mexico to just beyond milepost 5. Take the dirt access road on your right for 12 miles, following the signs to the Rockhound Area.

Yuma Field Office

 

4 Thoughts to “Rockhounding on BLM Land”

  1. Would like information on where I can prospect gems and minerlas here in Tucson,Az.

    1. leilani

      Hi Mark – it’s been a while since I was in Tucson. I’d reach out to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society. (tgms.org). If I remember right they even have periodic group excursions into areas where you can find promising specimens. Good luck!

  2. chris

    I am in anthem Arizona any locations near for rock hunting. Thank you. For your assistants

    1. leilani

      Are you talking about Anthem north of Phoenix or the Anthem community near Florence? If you’re not on public lands, you’re permitted to collect a reasonable amount of rocks, minerals and non-vertibrate fossils (per the BLM site). I will have to check when I get home from work to see if there are any specifically designated sites; in most cases, however, your best locations are streambeds and gullies, particularly in mountain areas. I don’t know which specific stones are indigenous to that area. The Arizona Geological Survey site (http://www.azgs.az.gov/) is a great resource though, and may be able to tell you more.

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