Dig for Wulfenite and Vanadinite Crystals

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You’ll be digging for and collecting Wulfenite and Vanadinite crystals and clusters in Cibola, Arizona.

This location has been written about in rock & mineral magazine and there are multiple YouTube videos showing ordinary rockhounds collecting beautiful orange Wulfenite crystals.

You’ll spend most of your time in the actual mine picking through tailing piles with small hand tools.  Don’t worry the process is fairly simple and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing specimens.

Once again, this is an excellent location for families and junior rockhounds but you’ll need to schedule your dig with the local owner.

Keep reading below to learn more about what to bring, clothing types, contact details, and driving directions.

Wulfenite and Vanadinite Crystals


Wulfenite is a mineral derived from lead molybdate oxide that crystallizes in the form of squares and tabular crystals. The color of the crystals ranges from yellow to orange to red and comes from traces of chromium.  Miners and rockhounds have discovered Wulfenite in heavily oxidized lead deposits.



Vanadinite is part of the Apatite family and is considered rare among specimen collectors.  It forms prismatic crystals on matrix in mines with high lead deposits.

The most abundant Vanadinite sources include Morrocco, Mexico, and the U.S.A.

wulfenite crystals

Tools and Tips

A rockhound will want to pack a variety of tools for this trip. They should have snacks and drinks in case they get thirsty or hungry. Don’t forget about the weather and make sure to dress appropriately.

Must-Have Tools and Accessories 

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or sombrero
  • Plastic buckets
  • Small garden tools
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve (depends on weather)
  • Boots
  • Towels for drying off
  • Fresh clothes (you’re going to sweat)


Make sure you’re a good steward of the property.  Please pick up any trash and leave the location better than when you found it.

Most importantly, have fun collecting, and feel free to email us about your trip.

vanadinite crystals

Driving directions


Red Cloud Mine Rd., Arizona 85365

(928) 366-0487


Red Cloud Mine Website


Type or copy the GPS coordinates below into your Google or Apple Maps.

GPS Coordinates


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