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
- Virgin River Recreation Area – Located on Interstate 15 (Exit 18), 16 miles northeast of Littlefield, Arizona.
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