Rockhounds who stop off in New Mexico are bound to be mystified by the sheer array of minerals available to the dedicated collector. Mexico is another country rich in rock and mineral resources. It is a good idea to check land ownership when planning a rockhounding trip. This gallery is part of the photographic archive of minerals. These items must be placed in the repository and cannot be kept by the collector.
You cannot collect these fossils. This gives rise to the variety of local names.
A good place to begin is the local BLM office. Barry S. Kues, Fossils of New Mexico (1982). Round Mountain Rockhound Area - From Highway 70 east of Safford approximately 50 miles, travel into New Mexico to just beyond milepost 5. Collection does not occur in developed recreation sites or areas, unless designated as a rockhounding area by BLM. Also take a look at the varieties of Obsidians here. If you can point to a location on a topographical map (available at BLM) we can determine if the site is on public lands. Jan 28, 2016 - Explore Mari Rodriguez's board "New Mexico Rocks and Minerals", followed by 778 people on Pinterest. Rockhounding New Mexico – Sierra County’s Rocks, Minerals & Gems Rock hunters love New Mexico, and Sierra County is a great example of the reason why. Virgin River Recreation Area - Located on Interstate 15 (Exit 18), 16 miles northeast of Littlefield. Their daughter, Melisa, son-in law Micheal, and grandson Jason, joined the business from a very young age. Though found in several Mexican states, the majority of well known Mexican Agates come from the state of Chihuahua. In 1969 they purchased their current storefront on Central and Louisiana. Invertebrate Fossils: These include ammonites, trilobites, and common plant fossils such as leaf impressions and cones, and may be collected in reasonable amounts. There is a great Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, which crosses the entire country at about the latitude of Mexico City. Some of the many rocks from Mexico include: Crown of Silver Psilomelane, Crazy Lace Agate, Laguna Agate, Luna Agate, Wave Dolomite, Rainbow Obsidian, Spiderweb Obsidian, Silver Sheen and Gold Sheen Obsidian, Mahogany Obsidian, Selenite, Fire Agate and some of the most valuable Amethyst in the world. A group of people does not pool their yearly allotment to collect a piece larger than 250 pounds of either rockhounding specimens or petrified wood. New Mexico Rocks and Minerals: A Field Guide to the Land of Enchantment by Dan R. Lynch, Bob Lynch(January 29, 2014) Paperback 4.1 out of 5 stars 8. In New Mexico turquoise and ochre was mined near Santa Fe in pre-Columbian times. Petrified wood can also be collected for personal use — up to 25 pounds each day, plus one piece, but no more than 250 pounds in any calendar year (43 CFR 3622). Later Gary took this hobby with his wife, Priscilla, and began collecting in the mountain ranges of New Mexico.
Stephen M. Voynick, New Mexico Rockhounding:A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones, & Fossils (2009). Collection, excavation or removal are not aided with motorized or mechanical devices, including heavy equipment or explosives.
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