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Mike S
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I posted this on Bob's Rock Shop site also....

Turns out my wife and I decided to head base out of Safford, AZ for some collecting. We're both amateurs, but enjoy finding small treasures to display in our home. We've been collecting in the Quartzite and Holcomb areas, so decided to try the Safford area becuase it looked interesting in the gem trail/rockhounding books. Unfortunately, our experience has been that the locations given in these books are pretty much all picked over and have only found good agates, crystals, pyrite, etc. by talking to some locals. Geodes would be awesome since we've never found one before. If anyone has any suggestions we sure would appreciate it.
Junesse
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Hi Mike,
From Safford there are two sites I've been to, both BLM maintained. http://www.blm.gov/az/rockhounding/locations.htm The first, black hills rockhound park is good for chalcedony and fire agate. There is lots of chalcedony, much of it fluorescent, and still plenty of fire agate. Much of the fire agate isn't that flashy, but can still be polished up nice. The other site, round mountain, is near Duncan. The fire agate there seems to be a bit more plentiful. There are geodes and nice crystal clusters if you go further back from the loop road to the foothills around engine mountain (looks like a train engine). If you can, get a book called, "Minerals of Arizona" by Neil Bearce. I haven't been shut out from any of the sites listed there.
Mike Streeter
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Hi Mike,

You may get some ideas at the GMS website at http://www.gamineral.org/tucson_update.html Scroll down and look for sites around Lordsburg, New Mexico since it isn't all that far from where you will be staying in Arizona. You can purchase a pretty decent area field trip guide at the Border Rock Shop in Lordsburg. (980 E. Motel Dr.,Lordsburg, NM 88045 - Phone 505-542-3724).

Good luck!

Mike

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