Field Trips

The Coconino Lapidary Club offers rock and mineral collection field trips for it’s members, primarily from Fall through Spring as most of our collecting is done in the warmer areas of northern Arizona. We try to schedule them for the Saturday after our monthly Friday night meeting. Most are day trips in the vicinity of Flagstaff – i.e. Camp Verde, Prescott, Winslow, Pine and other nearby areas.

You must be a member of the club to participate in our field trips.

Provisions needed for our field trips usually include water, snacks, sunscreen, buckets, rock hammer and shovel. Our field trips are always fun and informative, and you will likely be bringing home lots of beautiful rock, mineral and fossil specimens for your personal collection. We usually meet to carpool, at 8:00a.m. leaving at 8:15, at the Outdoor Market at Silver Saddle (junction of Silver Saddle and Hwy 89 N.) All club members agree to abide by the AFMS Code of Ethics. Past outings have included:

  • Gray Mountain and Joseph City for petrified wood
  • Pine for geodes
  • Diamond Point for crystals
  • Camp Verde for glauberite and halite
  • Burro Creek for agate and jasper

Read about our recent trip to Quartzsite Upcoming adventures:

    Obsidian Tank near Parks

    What to look forward to:

    We will be collecting obsidian on this trip. Marty will tell us more about the trip at our meeting the night before.

    Date:

    May 18, 2019

    When:

    8:00 am

    Where to meet:

    Open Air Market at Silver Saddle (Hwy 89N & Silver Saddle)

    Grand Canyon Caverns

    What to look forward to:

    The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States, located 200 to 300 feet below the surface, and accessible via our exploration elevator. You enter and leave the caverns by means of this elevator, dropping 21 stories underground, making the caverns easily accessible.

      Cost:

    • Adults: $20.95 plus tax
    • Seniors 55+: $15.95 plus tax
    • Children(6 to 12): $13.95 plus tax
    • 5 yrs. & under FREE
    • Advance purchase recommended!

    Date:

    March 23, 2019

    When:

    8:00 am

    Where to meet:

    Silver Saddle Outdoor Market

    Lavic Siding/Barstow CANCELLED

    What to look forward to:

    This field trip for February has been canceled due to lack of members available to go. 

    Because the weather looks to be iffy and roads will be too wet to drive on, even if the weather is good.  Our next field trip will be March 16th – weather permitting.

    Date:

    When:

    Where to meet:

    Coconino Federal Credit Union, 2800 S. Woodlands Village Blvd

    Quartzsite Overnight

    What to look forward to:

    Marty & Linda will be in Quartzsite and meeting up with any interested club members on January 19th, between Noon & 12:30, at T-Rocks 1530 W. Main st  located at the second off ramp to Quartzsite from the East, turning right and then left at the stop sign, there will be a Carl’s Jr, and T-Rocks is directly across from Carl’s Jr, great place to stop and look for rocks.

    Date:

    January 19, 2019

    When:

    12:01 pm

    Where to meet:

    T-Rocks in Quartzsite

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    Dobell Ranch for Petrified Wood/Fossils

    What to look forward to:

    Dobell Ranch is a private fee site for collecting petrified wood, and I’m told fossils can be found as well.  Cost is $30 per 5 gallon bucket.  You dig your own or sort through piles left out for purchase.  This material can be legally sold – if you keep your receipt. If 7:00 is too early, Linda will lead another group leaving Silver Saddle at 8:30 a.m.

    Date:

    December 8, 2018

    When:

    7:00 am

    Where to meet:

    Outdoor Market at Silver Saddle

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    Diamond Point, Payson

    What to look forward to:

    TRIP IS ON – Diamond Point is a quartz crystal collecting site.  Most of the quartz crystals have grown in vugs in the Martin Formation as groundwater has percolated through the rocks, depositing SiO2.  

    Date:

    October 21, 2018

    When:

    8:00 am

    Where to meet:

    Outdoor Market at Silver Saddle

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    Gray Mountain for Petrified Wood & Jasper

    What to look forward to:

    This is one of our favorite trips near flagstaff. It’s a fun area to explore – you can drive all the way out to the Little Colorado River. Petrified wood, smaller tumbling size pieces, are abundant and we have found jasper out there as well.

    Date:

    September 29, 2018

    When:

    8:30 am

    Where to meet:

    Outdoor Market at Silver Saddle

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    Perkinsville for Agate

    What to look forward to:

    This is a wonderful collection site – beautiful agate just waiting to be picked up.  (and you can dig as well, if you’re so inclined). Marty has made some beautiful cabs from this material. We will drive from Flagstaff to Williams and make a pit stop at the Safeway there.  If anyone would like to meet up at the Safeway in Williams, please e-mail me (coconinolapidaryclub@gmail.com) and we’ll let you know what time we expect to be there.

    Date:

    May 19, 2018

    When:

    8:00 am

    Where to meet:

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    Cleator- for Tourmaline, Chrysocolla & quartz.

    What to look forward to:

    Chrysocolla can be picked up along the roadside, there are also mine tailings and other places to clamber around on looking for tourmaline and quartz. The road is a “good” dirt road – no need for high clearance, just dusty and likely washboardy. Be prepared for it to be very warm to uncomfortably hot – bring lots of water!  (and sun protection). ***Note new meeting place.

    Date:

    April 28, 2018

    When:

    7:45 am

    Where to meet:

    Silver Saddle Outdoor Market