Field Trips

Field trips are held monthly, and can be collecting trips, educational trips (both in the field and/or to local museums), or simply to another club's show. Many times, we join with other clubs to share experiences. For many, going on a field trip is the joy of getting out and enjoying nature. Some field trips will include natural wonders and historical sites along with rock hounding.

YVGMS members and non-members are welcome to join us on any field trip, provided that everyone signs a waiver prior to beginning the trip. Anyone under 18 must have a guardian on the trip who signs the waiver. To sign up for a field trip, use the link below. Please make sure to include your name, telephone number, and any message to the trip organizer.

Upcoming field trips will be shown below and on our calendar. An occasional trip may get added at the last minute. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please notify the field trip chairman, D. Gibbs via email. Please note: if there are not enough participants or the weather is bad, the trip may be cancelled.

Future Field Trips

 
Kokoweef Cave Onyx - Sponsored by the Orange Belt Mineralogical Society
May 22, 2021

Cave Onyx and Aragonite

One Day

Cost $20 per person

If you are interested in attending this field trip, please contact Greg Vidler: gregoryvidler@gmail.com

Kokoweef Cave Onyx, also known as "cave popcorn" is a stalactite found in the Kokoweef cavern in the Mojave Desert. The material consists mostly of calcite and aragonite. Most of the material will glow a fluorescent green or orange under UV light. The Kokoweef cavern is not open to the public, and the material has become rare.

This field trip requires an advance payment of $20. The payment buys you a five-gallon bucket of rock. Additional buckets of rock can be purchased for $20 (or $10 for a half bucket). We need at least 12 attendees.

We get a very early start for this one - the site is a few hours away. We will meet at the shop at :15 am and hit the road by 5:30. We will stop in Barstow for gas/bathroom/food. We will make one more quick stop at the rest area (or in Baker) and then proceed to the site (Bailey Road exit). If you want to meet us en route, please email me: gregoryvider@gmail.com

You will need: plenty of water, lunch/snacks, sunscreen, a good hat, gloves (optional), kneepads (optional) digging tools (a hand-held garden hoe/rake is a good choice), rock hammer, buckets.

Greg Vidler
Orange Belt Mineralogical Society

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Turquoise in Tonopah, Nevada
June 11-12, 2021

Turquoise, Apache Tears, Jasp-Agate, Bull's Eye Agate, Chalcedony, Dendritic Agate, Rainbow Agate, Opalite in multi-colors, Tonopah Jasper

2 days

$150 per adult, Children 13 and younger free

YOU MUST SIGN UP AND NOTIFY DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE COMING WITH US.

NEVADA HAS LIFTED ALL COVID RESTRICTIONS. MASKS ARE OPTIONAL.

Day 1: At noon, meet us at the Dinky Diner in Goldfield, NV. This diner is on the right after you come into town and is recognizable by two outhouses out front. It is approximately 5 1/2 hours from Yucaipa to Goldfield, via I-15, State Route 127 at Baker and continuing on I-95. We will visit a rock shop in Goldfield, continue to Gemfield to collect multiple stones, and then to a location where we will find Tonopah Jasper. There are several motels in Tonopah. If you need an RV park, we suggest American Quality Suites RV Park (775-482-1700) in the north end of town. They also have two or three bedroom cabins available. At 6:00 pm we will meet at the Raley's grocery store to discuss supper plans.

Day 2: At 7:45, we will meet in the parking lot next to the BANC Club on main street, in front of the train car. Have exact amount of cash available for payment. The mine guide will give us instructions for the days activities.

Be sure you have a vehicle that is in good condition, has a spare tire and a tank full of gas (4 wheel drive not needed). Bring a 5 gallon plastic bucket, hand rake or pick, hammer and safety glasses. You can also bring a spray bottle of water. As we are in the desert, be sure to have plenty of liquids and snacks. Be aware of rattle snakes and scorpions.

At the end of the half-day dig, you are welcomed to head back to Yucaipa. If you choose to stay, we will take you to Crow Springs which has an extremely large obsidian field with may sizes of Apache Tears. There are also many interesting rocks on this route. After this event, the field trip is completed.

When you go back through Tonopah, you might stop at the Golden Treasures Trading Post, a mineral shop. It is next to the post office. Also, there is the Tonopah Historical Mining Park in town that tells the history of mining in the area and has many displays.

Note: From Tonopah, the journey home via I-95 will take 6 hours. If you choose this route you might take a small detour at Beatty to visit the ghost town of Rhyolite. If you choose to take US-6 to Bishop and continue on US395 the time is roughly 6 1/2 hours. Be sure and stop at Schatt's Bakery and get your San Francisco extra-sourdough bread and a turkey sandwich.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Motels and RV park in Tonopah

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Nevada

62, 63, 64

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda, Ann & Richard, Liz & Bracken, Eddie & Daughter,

Actinolite at Sheep Creek
July 25, 2021

Actinolite, Limestone, Schist (several colors), Marble, Serpentine, Soapstone, Banded Quartzsite

One Day

Free

This is a great trip for kids!

Meet at McDonald's at I15 and SR138 at 10:00AM.

We will be traveling west on SR138 to Lone Pine Canyon Road, then to Wrightwood and Sheep Creek. We will be walking in a rocky wash, and should be there for 2 to 3 hours.

Wear hiking boots and bring hammers, small shovels, and buckets. Bring blenty of liquids and snacks as it is summer in the mountains.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda

Geode Hunting with Jim
September 11, 2021

Geodes

One Day

Free

East on I10 towards Blythe, exit at Wiley Wells, then south to several sites.

We will be in the desert with no services and few trees, so bring plenty of liquids and food. You will need collection buckets, hand shovel or rakes, hats and sun screen.

Club waivers will be signed at the meeting place.

More details will be posted as we get closer to the date of the trip.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

5: Two-wheel, vehicle parking on rough terrain or trail end

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Southern California: 2003 Edition

Sites 9, 10, 11

Attendees List

Karen & Kathy, Marvin & Judy

Petrified Wood in Arizona
October 8-10, 2021

Petrified Wood

2-3 Days

$40.00 for a 5 gallon bucket. Bigger pieces will be weighed.

YOU MUST NOTIFY DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU PLAN ON GOING.

The group will meet on Friday, October 8th at 6PM at Tom and Suzie's Diner (2001 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook) for supper and information.

Saturday morning we will go to the ranch to collect the wood. The collection site is near the Petrified Forest National Park, so the material is excellent. The ranch will provide us with lunch.

We should be done collecting around 3PM. This will end the field trip. You may stay another night or head home. After leaving the ranch, you may wish to check the many rock shops in Holbrook. On the way home you might wish to stop at the meteor crater to see the big hole in the ground.

You will need to bring five gallon buckets, hand shovels, and gloves. You should also have snacks and drinks in your vehicle. It can get windy and cold so bring appropriate clothing.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Motels in Holbrook, Arizona

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

1-2: Vehicle access and parking to include busses, RVs, handicap vehicles (with parking)

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda, Karen & Kathy

Marble Mountains
No Date

Three types of fossils, Travertine, Mexican Onyx

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE GOING ON THIS TRIP

Mike Reason will be leading this trip. We will be collecting from the Latham Shale (trilobites, early brachiopods, and rare echinoderms) and Chambless Limestone (oncolites, which are similar to stromatolites except they did not grow in columns). Also a visit to an area with travertine (aka Mexican Onyx).

Meet at Roy's Cafe in Amboy at 9:30 am. Take I-15 to Barstow, then west on I-40 to Ludlow. Take the National Trails Highway exit going east, to Roy's Cafe. From Yucaipa, allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to Roy's Cafe.

After Roy's Cafe there are no services. Be sure you have plenty of fuel, plenty of liquids and your lunch and snacks. Bring your rock hammer, paper towels for wrapping your fossils and collecting buckets.

All wheel drive and/or high clearance vehicles recommended. We will have a secondary stop in Cadiz to allow folks driving sedans to climb in vehicles that are more suited for sandy desert roads.

Dry camping is available for those who want to spend the night.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

5: Quarter to half mile trail to site with moderate difficulty.

Vehicle Restrictions

6: Two-wheel access orparking on roads, dirt, or gravel, limited parking areas, car pooling recommended

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Southern California

Site 25

Attendees List