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Gem Trails of New Mexico


Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 280 pages. Ninth edition.

Gem Trails of New MexicoTable of Contents

New Mexico Collecting Sites6
New Mexico Site Locator Map7
Map Legend8
Forward9
Summary of Basic Rockhounding Rules and Regulations10
Introduction12
Mineral Highlights12
New Mexico Geology14
Mining History14
"The Land of Enchantment"15
About the Collecting Sites15
Rockhound Rules17
Collecting Sites
1. Thoreau Petrified Wood18
2. Grants Apache Tears and Minerals20
3. San Rafael Fluorite22
4. Rio Puerco Cutting Minerals24
5. Apache Creek Agate26
6. Luna Agate and Crystals28
7. Red Hill Agate and Jasper30
8. Quemado Minerals32
9. Negrito Springs Agate34
10. Largo Canyon Agate36
11. Highway 12 Agate38
12. Sand Canyon Agate40
13. Tularosa Agate42
14. South of Magdalena Minerals44
15. North of Magdalena Minerals46
16. Riley Minerals and Fossils48
17. Bernardo Cutting Minerals50
18. Socorro Minerals52
19. Socorro Fossils54
20. Gonzales Mine Minerals and Fossils56
21. Lorenzo Arroyo Minerals58
22. Chupadera Mountain Minerals60
23. Chavez Canyon Nodules62
24. Carthage Fossils64
25. Peralta Canyon Rhyolite and Obsidian66
26. Cerrillos Hills Fossils68
27. Madrid Coal Specimens70
28. Galisteo Jasper72
29. Sandia Crest Fossils and Minerals74
30. Coyote Agate76
31. Gallina Alabaster78
32. Gallina Agate80
33. Cuba Southeast Minerals82
34. Cuba Southwest Petrified Wood84
35. Los Lunas Agate, Jasper and Wood86
36. Petaca Pegmatites88
37. Jemez Mountain Minerals90
38. Abiquiu Agate92
39. Pedernal Peak Agate94
40. Nageezi Jasper, Wood and Barite96
41. Blanco Cutting Minerals98
42. Red Lake Peridot and Garnet100
43. Farmington Minerals and Fossils102
44. La Madera Minerals104
45. Jemez Fossils and Sulfur106
46. La Cueva Obsidian108
47. Dixon Pegmatite Minerals110
48. Taos Staurolite112
49. Mt. Wheeler Minerals114
50. Red River Pass Feldspar116
51. Cimmarron Canyon Jasper118
52. Bartlett Mesa Leaf Fossils120
53. Raton Fossils122
54. Canadian River Marine Fossils124
55. Guy Agate Field126
Hints for Collecting Minerals128
Color Photo Insert129
Hints for Collecting Gem Materials137
56. Cebolla Pass Minerals138
57. Las Vegas Fossils140
58. Pecos Fossils142
59. Terrero Minerals144
60. Willard Halite146
61. Corona Calcite and Quartz148
62. Jicarilla Minerals150
63. Red Cloud Canyon Minerals152
64. Hoot Owl Canyon Minerals154
65. Hansonburg Minerals156
66. Revuelto Creek Petrified Wood158
67. Tucumcari Tumbling Stones160
68. Santa Rosa Minerals and Fossils162
69. Guadalupe Minerals164
70. Sumner Lake Cutting Minerals166
71. Gage Quarries and Minerals168
72. Deming Agate170
73. Hermanas Agate Nodules172
74. Hachita Minerals174
75. Apache Mine Copper Ores176
76. Playas Lake Agate, Jasper and Chalcedony178
77. Geronimo Trail Geodes180
78. Rodeo Minerals182
79. Granite Gap Fluorescent Minerals184
80. Kingston Crystals186
81. Rabb Park Moonstone188
82. Silver City Minerals190
83. Ash Creek Minerals192
84. Moore Canyon Agate and Wood194
85. Hoodoo Canyon Minerals196
86. Silver City South198
87. Lake Valley Agate200
88. Truth or Consequences Candy Rock202
89. Cookes Peak Carnelian204
90. Fluorite Ridge Minerals206
91. Radium Springs Onyx208
92. Mule Creek Apache Tears210
93. Pueblo Campground Labradorite212
94. Mogollon Minerals214
95. Bear Mountain Fossils216
96. Pinos Altos Cutting Materials, Minerals and Fossils218
97. Rockhound State Park Minerals220
98. Shakespeare Mineral Specimens222
99. Engle Agate and Wood224
100. Aleman Carnelian226
101. Upham Road Cutting Materials228
102. Rincon Jasper and Coal230
103. Rincon Barite232
104. Kilbourne Hole Peridot234
105. Hatch Chalcedony and Opal236
106. Bonito Lake Minerals238
107. Capitan Fossils240
108. Dunken Calcite and Fossiliferous Limestone242
109. Roswell Crystals244
110. Roswell Selenite246
111. Rio Felix Agate248
112. Hagerman Agate250
113. Hobbs Caliche252
114. Lovington Caliche254
115. Cloudcroft Fossils256
116. Orogrande Minerals258
117. Pyramid Peak Fluorite260
118. Franklin Mountains Minerals262
Appendix A - New Mexico Gem and Mineral Societies264
Appendix B - Museums265
Appendix C - Places of Geologic Interest266
Glossary267
Mineral Locator Index275