Gem Trails of Utahby James R. Mitchell
Updated and expanded, this classic best-seller is filled with expert advice for rockhounds from years of experience. Detailed text and maps lead the gem and fossil hunter to abandoned mine dumps, desert terrain, deep canyons, pristine mountains and beautiful lakes in the search for specimens. Black and white photos highlight the collecting areas. A color photo section aids in specimen identification, and a Mineral Locator Index helps you to plan a successful collecting trip.
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Most of James Mitchell's material was accurate. In the beginning of the book we are told a permit is required to pick minerals in Utah. In fact, that is not the case. If you are to go to the sites listed in the book, no permit is required. The sites listed are pretty much accurate as far as mileage and landmarks. The dirt/gravel roads were better than expected as the book's topical data represented. If you use this book as a guide to the actual sites, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. I took a month to travel the sites he listed and came back with approximately 1,500 pounds of minerals. You will need to be prepared as far as equipment, as he so well notes. Quite a few of his sites are on private land and the people do appreciate you asking prior to attempting to collect on their property. I would recommend this book to novice, as well as professional rockhounders. Mitchell does cover most of the sites available and accessible in Utah. He also suggests you contact rock shops or mineral clubs. It would be a good idea. They do expand on what he has written.
recommend this book to anyone hiking Utah! Great extra activity after hitting the trails! This book is an awesome resource!