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Black Hills Rockhound Area

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Rockhound in a “marked” area?

The road is primitive and considered two lanes so go slow and easy you will be ok, we were in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Benton, Arkansas
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Fun Day Collecting Fire Agates

MOST IMPORTANT: If you intend to Rockhound here, DO NOT take the Black Hills Backcountry Biway... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2019
Mindy and Roger A
Janesville, Wisconsin
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From the intersection of Highway 70, east of Safford, travel 10 miles north on Highway 191 to Black Hills Rockhound Area. Follow the dirt road 2 miles to the center of the rockhound area.
Safford Field Office, 711 14th Ave, Safford, AZ 85546
+1 928-348-4400
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The road is primitive and considered two lanes so go slow and easy you will be ok, we were in a truck. We did see a couple of people boondock camping. No good pieces found and we searched hours but found parts of pieces that...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed February 16, 2019

MOST IMPORTANT: If you intend to Rockhound here, DO NOT take the Black Hills Backcountry Biway!!! You can still get to the Rockhounding area this way but with some tripidation! Look for the signage that specifically says, “Black Hills Rockhounding Area” off Hwy 191. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mindy and Roger A
Reviewed February 4, 2019

The road is a bit rough, but definitely passable. We did it on Harley touring bikes, so any vehicle can make it through. We went in January, the weather was perfect. Ground is covered in quartz and I found four nice nickel size fire agates...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank rickv8911
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Not well marked. On 191 N pass the first BLM sign; drive a few more miles to the 2nd BLM turnoff on the left. It’s another 2 miles on rough unmaintained road. High clearance vehicle recommended. No services at all. Wear boots, gloves and a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Peglova
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Our grandson is really into geology and finding rocks. He really was looking for granite, pumice, and obsidian. We took him out to Black Hills Rockhound area to see if he could find anything he liked. The trip out was quite a bumpy ride. When...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Fastmach B
Reviewed February 20, 2017

We were rockhounding across the south west and visited this area. The fire agate and other interesting agates were fun to find. We really enjoyed our time and will return again.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank CatskillMountains1
Reviewed February 10, 2017

We went looking for the elusive Fire Opal. We found none, however we found many rocks that we plan to work with. This area is rocky (imagine that!) what I mean is that you will be walking around on ground AND 3-8 inch diameter rocks....More

Date of experience: February 2017
5  Thank Z5557MXmarkh
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Lots of fire agates lying around all over the area here at the Black Hills Rockhound Area! We gathered some, had a picnic and enjoyed the beautiful black rock mountains.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank LeighAnn K
Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a well kept area for rockhounding. The area is well marked, the road pretty dependable and there is room to camp if you wish (although no facilities or power). You can always find some fire agate. It takes time to find good fire,...More

Date of experience: April 2015
3  Thank 842nancyh
Reviewed April 3, 2015

We just spent a most pleasant night camping in our travel trailer FREE on BLM public land at the Black Hills Rockhound Area. We gathered fire agates in the daytime and photographed beautiful wild flowers as we gazed off into the west at Mt. Graham...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank judithu_13
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