Rockin Oregon is the latest in our popular series of family-friendly summer field trips around the western U.S. You have a choice of three trip lengths: 2 days, 3 days & 5 days. The 3 day trip departs North Bend, WA or Biggs, Oregon for 3 days of fun collecting semi-precious silica gems: thundereggs, agate, jasper, common opal and ‘petrified’ wood. Bring sturdy boxes or tubs to keep your finds from rolling around your vehicle, everyone will take home lots of goodies! We recommend this trip as an introduction to rockhounding, and it is available to all ages. Our friendly, patient guides are accustomed to answering all sorts of geologic questions and helping identify whatever you find. The last 2 days of the 5 day trip start near Burns, Oregon, where the 3 day trip ends. On these final 2 days we’ll hunt the valuable gems Sunstone & Precious Opal at operating mines. On past trips, our guests & guides have found gemstones valued over $5,000 here. We hope you have equal luck, but regardless of what you find, we’re here to help you have a great time
We provide all necessary tools, but you are also welcome to bring your own. We’ll send a tool list and other info when you book.
What to bring: vehicle in good condition for driving both paved and unpaved roads. Full tank of fuel. There may be a few spots where 4WD is useful, but is not necessary. On trips where most participants arrive in 4WD vehicles, we may be able to add a more challenging locality or two. Some of our route may be determined by local weather conditions, so we can’t 100% predict in advance which localities we’ll visit, but we know these areas well, so we have alternative stops in mind if needed. Food & snacks … pack a lunch for each day we’ll be on the road. Lots of water; hunting rocks in the desert is thirsty work!
Recommended accommodations: We supply booking info for the comfy, mid-priced motels where our guides stay. It is convenient but not necessary that the group stay at ‘our’ motel. You are welcome to stay wherever you want, or camp nearby. Be sure to ask your guide at the last stop each day where we’ll meet the next morning. We don’t want to lose you!
5-day trip price: $
3-day trip price: $
2-day trip (sunstone & opal only) price: $