The semiprecious gemstones and ornamental stones found in Utah include: azurite and malachite; beryl (aquamarine and morganite); garnet (pyrope and spessartite); jet; labradorite; obsidian; onyx (chalcedony and marble); opal, quartz (agate, jasper, and chalcedony); rhyolite (“wonderstone”); scheelite; topaz ; and
In addition to gold, silver, copper, and coal, the following minerals also proved to be of significance to mining in Utah: beryllium , clay, gilsonite, gypsum, lead, limestone, magnesium, phosphate, molybdenum, potash, potassium, salt, sand and gravel, stone, tungsten, uranium, vanadium and zinc.
Much like taking rocks from Parks, it is still illegal to take from mountains , specifically government-funded ones. For example, the Rocky Mountains are federally managed and protected. Those federal protections exist to ensure the protected areas exist for many future generations of enjoyment.
The Mineral Mountains, located in Beaver County, make up the largest exposed plutonic body in Utah . Rock compositions range from quartz monzonite in the northern half of the pluton to granite around Rock Corral Canyon in the south.
The Rockhounder Agate, chert, jasper, and petrified wood between Capitol Reef National Park and Caineville, Wayne County. Birdseye Marble in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah County. Bixbyite, Rutile, and Amethyst Crystals near Marysvale, Piute County. Dugway Geode Beds, Juab County.
Prospecting is only allowed on streams open to this type of activity (which depends on fish spawning and other factors). Contact the Utah Division of Water Rights for a list of open streams. Recreational dredging on any stream requires a permit from the Utah Division of Water Rights.
Kennecot Turquoise is a bi-product of the Kennecot Copper Mine in Utah . This turquoise mine didn’t produce much high grade turquoise . Most of what we have, and have cut is pretty soft and a light blue/green color. However, some of the Kennecot Turquoise from Utah was a great color, as with any mine.
Utah is renowned for its striking and unique geological history, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the desert landscape is home to some of the most beautiful geodes in the American Southwest. Geode hunting can be a fun rest-day activity between climbing desert towers and racing down mountain bike trails.
Oxidized iron results in red coloring and indicates a dry paleo-environment and reduced iron, produced in swampy or boggy conditions, gives the rock a green tint.
Petrified wood is a fossil, and it is legally protected in the United States. You can also collect petrified wood on private property (not the one rented from the State) if you get permission from the owner of the land.
Recreational Mineral Collecting Limited collection1/ of rocks and minerals for personal use is allowed on most National Forest System lands. These materials may be collected without a permit provided the collecting is for personal, hobby, and noncommercial use.
During tumbling they will maintain a fairly good shape and with very little reduction in size. During tumbling they will lose little shape and will not decrease in size. Some fossils , especially the hexagon shaped tabulate corals look really good after completion of the second step in 600 grit.
Facetable garnet and amethyst are also found in Utah .
Most of the ore deposits in Utah are found in its western part – in the mountain ranges in and flanking the Great Basin. The most productive districts, principally the Bingham, Tintic, Camp Floyd, and Park City, are south and east of Salt Lake City.
These quartzites are a flat, hard, and durable material which makes them desirable for interior and exterior veneer and paving material. The quartzite of Clarks Basin was initially beach sands of a sea that spread eastward across Utah during Early Cambrian and early Middle Cambrian time (570 to 523 million years ago).