Rockhound Locations in Oklahoma

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Here at Rockhounding Maps, we give you access and information to the best dig sites for crystals and minerals in Oklahoma.  On top of that, we’ve created a resource page to assist with answering all of your gem and mineral collecting questions.

We hope you enjoy your time on our site and come back often because we’re always adding new dig locations and crystal collecting updates. This is a great resource for anyone who loves rockhounding, from beginners to experts alike!

Rockhounding in Oklahoma is a great way to discover the state’s diverse geology and fossilized wildlife. The number of potential collecting sites here makes it an excellent location for those interested not only in rocks, but also minerals that can be found within them!

We are here for any questions or concerns that might arise about your adventures in mineral collecting.

Oklahoma Rockhound Locations

Oklahoma has plenty of locations for junior rockhounds and seasoned veterans to dig and collect different types of crystals and minerals.

This article will explore all of the best rockhound locations that Oklahoma has to offer. We’ll list the types of rocks you can find and the tools to bring. We’ll also discuss the available rock and mineral societies in Oklahoma that you can join and make your rockhounding experience a success!

Have you ever dreamed of going on a rock-hounding adventure in Oklahoma? There are quite a few locations to dig for crystals, gems, Petrified Wood, Fossils, and Agate.  With its diverse landscape, Oklahoma can be a perfect place for you to hunt for rocks!

Be polite wherever you explore. Always pack out what you packed in. Meaning if you stop for a snack while rockhounding at any site, clean up after yourself and pack your trash items back out with you.

Always do your research regarding laws and regulations, and don’t forget to ask for permission to access an area and collect specimens.


green moss agate


If you’re an active rock collector in Oklahoma then send us an email about your favorite locations and we will feature you on the site and we might sponsor you as well. That’s right, we will pay you to go dig for rocks and minerals.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a rock-hounding journey, read on to find out more!


Dig For Agate

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
El Reno35.557422, -97.945219Agate, Jasper, Petrified wood
Tri-State Marker36.999126, -103.000575Agate
Carrizozo Creek36.996461, -102.973534Rose Agate, Agatized wood
Seiling and Taloga36.092542, -98.952594Agate, Jasper, Petrified wood
Buffalo36.849905, -99.627753Agate, Chalcedony, Chert, Jasper
Alva36.784188, -98.655116Mossy Agate, Chalcedony, Chert, Jasper
Mangum34.926536, -99.504314Agatized wood


Western Oklahoma isn’t the best-known area, but it offers some of the best varieties of metamorphic rocks. Since the State is rather oddly shaped, you can journey pretty far west to the western panhandle!

You can expect to find several varieties of Quartz, Agate, and Oklahoma’s famous hourglass Selenite.

Cimarron is the furthest County west and has several small waterways that have good gravel deposits that produce Agate, Jasper, fossilized algae, petrified wood, and Selenite.


Dig For Rose Rocks

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Lake Thunderbird, at Denver Corner35.225930, -97.281552Rose Rocks (barite)
Oklahoma City, Trosper Park35.433885, -97.469201Rose Rocks (barite)
Lake Stanley Draper35.335173, -97.362302Rose Rocks (barite)
Noble, exposures of Garber Sandstone35.139328, -97.394695Rose Rocks (barite)


Oklahoma City is the most industrial portion of the State. Most of the population of this rural State is concentrated in this city.

While the city isn’t the best place for rock hunting, surrounding areas have some treasures. Rose rocks are the most prevalent crystals found here.

Lake Stanley Draper is located just south of the heart of Oklahoma City. It’s not a very developed area, so there are still some good spots for rockhounding.

Rose rock can be found in small waterway deposits.

Salt Plains State Park is one of the coolest places to rock hunt. It was once home to a prehistoric sea, which covered much of the northern part of the State and left behind salt deposits.

Selenite and Agate can be found in this area. You’ll have to pay a small fee to dig here, but it’s worth it.

Southern Oklahoma is a mountainous part of the State with diverse crystals and minerals.


galena crystals


Rockhounds can find Malachite, Agate, and other igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Cotton County borders Texas to the south. It’s a small, rural region with a population ranging someplace between 6-7,000.

Malachite is the most prevalent mineral found in this region.

The central part of Oklahoma is a good place to start your rock-hunting experience. It’s not the richest area for rock hunting, but it’s a good launching pad. It’s close to the other rockhound locations we mentioned, which means it’s an ideal starting point.

While it’s not the best spot, you can find rose rocks in this area. 


Dig For Crystals

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Great Salt Plains36.712979, -98.266716Selenite crystals, Halite
Beckham County34.989363, -99.414633Alabaster, Selenite, Petrified wood
Apache quarries34.857355, -98.466753Calcite crystals
Wichita Mountains34.716142, -98.729456Zircon
Mangum34.984608, -99.408879Alabaster, Quartz crystals
Rosston36.915411, -99.873472Aragonite
Altus34.640569, -99.293378Smoky Quartz crystals
Lehigh area mines34.514986, -96.229923Manganese minerals
Holdenville35.137441, -96.397054Barite
Mill Creek34.409941, -96.807490Manganese minerals
Old Thompson Ranch34.469622, -96.773225Barite
Miami36.984911, -94.760057Aragonite, Barite, Calcite, Chert, Dolomite, Galena, Marcasite, Quartz crystals, Pyrite, Sphalerite
Peoria36.903567, -94.655706Cerussite, Galena
Antlers34.249336, -95.602425Quartz (green quartz crystals)
Lake Spavinaw36.387649, -95.061987Cerussite, Galena, Magnetite, Goethite, Pyrite, Quartz crystals
Tahlequah35.926080, -94.927272Pyrite crystals


Rosston Township is located just outside the western panhandle. It’s part of Harper County, which borders Kansas to the north.

Aragonite is the most popular rock to find here, but you can also find some varieties of Quartz and Agate.

Lehigh is a small community located in Coal County. It’s in the southeast, just south of Oklahoma City. It’s a rural area with only 365 people living here, according to the 2010 census.

The grey and black manganese crystals are the most prevalent in this area.

Paoli is another area outside of the city where you can find rose rocks. These unique rocks form crystal clusters that develop into small rose ringlets.

While Oklahoma isn’t the most popular site for rock hunting, it has plenty to offer. We recommend paying this State a visit and getting some rose rocks for your collection.

Just be careful not to wander onto protected lands or private property while rock hunting.


yellow barite crystal cluster


What Are Rose Rocks (Barite)?

Rose rocks are formed from barium sulfate. Through pressurization, the crystalline structures spiraled into a flowery pattern. They come in different shades, but red and orange are the most prevalent.


Can You Collect Rocks on Choctaw Nation Lands?

We do not recommend rockhounding on Choctaw-protected lands. Unearthing and collecting artifacts is a felony in the nation. Avoid trespassing and digging on lands that belong to the Choctaw Nation.

Rock And Mineral Societies


Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society

The Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society holds its monthly meetings every third Thursday. Membership grants you access to their scholarships, field trips, and yearly rock shows. 

Unfortunately, the price of membership isn’t listed on their website. But you can email them to inquire for more information. 


Tahlequah Rock & Mineral Society

Tahlequah Rock and Mineral Society gather every third Tuesday of the month. Adult membership costs just $10.00 for the year. 

Membership with the group will also give you access to their rock shows and field trips across Oklahoma.