Dig Agate and Collect Petrified Wood

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You’ll be collecting Montana Agate and petrified wood at this river bed location in Livingston, MT.

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

You’ll spend most of your time picking up Agate and petrified wood on the surface which makes it an excellent location for families and junior rockhounds.

Montana Agate comes in all different shapes and sizes.  You never really know what you have until you slice it open with a lapidary saw.  If you discover a nice one then you’ll be pleasantly surprised because this Agate is perfect for cabochons.

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

Agate and Petrified Wood

You’ll be looking for two types of rocks at this location but don’t worry they’re pretty easy to find and they’re abundant.

  • Agate – round to oval-shaped nodules with quartz crystals or banded agate on the inside.  
  • Petrified wood – is not as abundant as Agate but you might find a couple of pieces.


The Agate is perfect for cabochons and polishing while the petrified wood makes for a great specimen.

If you’re an avid collector of Agate then you’ll want to bring a couple of 5-gallon buckets and a big wheeled cart.  The additional weight will add up quickly.

montana agate nodule

Tools for Collecting Agate

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
  • Big wheeled carts
  • 3-gallon bucket
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Hat or sombrero
  • Small garden tools
  • 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.

montana agate

Driving directions


E River Rd

Livingstone, MT


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

GPS Coordinates

45.59762, -110.56550

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