Dig for Smoky Quartz and Feldspar
You’ll be collecting Smoky Quartz crystals and white Feldspar at this river bed location in Homestake, 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.
Types of Crystals
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.
- Smoky Quartz – round to oval-shaped nodules with quartz crystals or banded agate on the inside.
- Feldspar – is not as abundant as Agate but you might find a couple of pieces.
The Smoky Quartz and Feldspar crystals make for great specimens.
If you’re an avid collector of crystals then make sure you bring packing material and a 3-gallon bucket at a minimum.
Tools for Collecting
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
- Big wheeled carts
- 3-gallon bucket
- 5-gallon buckets
- Hat or sombrero
- Small garden tools
- Rock pick/hammer
- 1/4″ screens
- Long pants
- Long sleeve (depends on weather)
- 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.
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