Updated: Jun 15, 2020
As far as nature goes, there's a lot to do in Utah. Zion National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, and Arches National Park to name a few. But my personal favorite thing to do in the outdoors here in Utah is an activity called Rockhounding.
For this article, I'm going to connect you with sites that'll inform you on where to find rocks and also what the rules are surrounding rockhounding in Utah.
First, let's look at the rules. In general, 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 Utah. You can find that site here.
When in doubt, you can always call the BLM of Utah from the info on their site here.
Now on to the fun stuff! Here are a few of my go-to places to look for sites that almost always have great specimens of different rocks.
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Here are some books that cover rockhounding in Utah if you prefer a tangible approach to information! The Amazon links are below in the pictures of each guide.
The Utah Geological Survey has a section on Rock and Mineral Collecting Sites here.
Rockhounding Utah last posted in 2017, but often the sites posted still have much of the same rocks and minerals as they did when their posts were posted. You can access that site here.
Utah.com has some great resources to find rockhounding sites on their site here as well.
My favorite tool, although some of the points may be a little outdated, (always research the individual site before going on a long trip there) is the Google my Maps point-map for rockhounding locations in Utah.
When you click on a location marked on the map, it'll give you all the information you need on the site. That link is right here.
You can also join the Rockhounding Utah Facebook Group and keep in touch with your fellow Utah Rockhounders. Or if you're out of state, join anyway! You never know when you'll be in town looking for your next treasure.