Texas Rockhounding

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

{For beginning tips, not state specific, try this article.}

As I've mentioned in my previous post, I LOVE to rockhound. When I've got the time and the company that is necessary for these trips, I get giddy to hunt down some shiny bois and other cool looking rock specimens.

You've probably guessed from the title of this post that I'll be talking primarily to those of you who I'd call aspiring Rockhounds from the great state of Texas.

Not the Midland RockHounds, like the minor league baseball team, but the Rockhounds who want to sniff out their next earthly treasure!

Let's start off again by laying out the general rockhounding rules. In most situations, if you're collecting rock specimens on your own or with friends with handheld tools and you aren't filling up an entire truck bed with rocks then you should be within the rules.

The Arizona Bureau of Land Management has a site that goes over the specifics of the rules for their state and I assume the rules are similar for Texas. Here's that link.

Unfortunately, the BLM does not have a dedicated state page for Texas.

Now on to the fun stuff! First of all, I'd like to link you guys to Gator Girl Rocks' site for Texas. She has great links to museums and other points of interest for rockhounders in addition to the rockhounding locations themselves.

Teri Smith has some good tips and content on rockhouding in general and in the area of Big Bend (not to be confused with Big Ben) so anyone interested in more stuff in the area of West Texas should check out his main site and this post with Teri's "Tips and Rules".

Azcentral. has a good little list of places they recommend for treasure hunting in Texas and I can personally vouch for their first two choices.

I may not have gone treasure hunting on South Padre Island or Enchanted Rock, but I've had my fair share of fun with camping and beach trips to both. Treasure and rocks aside, the nature in Texas parks and most of the state is gorgeous!

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. Particularly the Amazon links. Thank you for your support!

There are also some books on Amazon specific to rockhounding in Texas, but most of the ones that were state-specific looked pretty outdated, like this one from 1998.

That may seem like yesterday to some my older readers, but that book was published before I was born and I already feel old.

The last resource I've got for you is a solid choice and helps keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to rockhounding in your state. It'll also help you connect with more people from your state and maybe make a couple friends if you join the Texas Rockhounds Facebook Page.

As of posting this the last post on the group was on July 6th, 2019, so maybe you can be the next to post a pic from your rockhounding adventures in Texas and reignite the flame for the page!

Stay safe and happy hunting!

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