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

 
Quartzite, Arizona Gem and Mineral Shows
January 1, 2021

If you did not find it on a field trip, you will find it at Quartzite!

Jan 1 - Feb 23, 2021

Free

The biggest and best rock show in our part of the world with over 2,000 vendors (not counting the shows at Tucson). Two of the best shows are the Desert Garden Show from January 1 to February 28, and the Pow Wow on January 20-23. A super place to take kids who like rocks.

Take I10 to Blythe, cross the river, and on to Quartzite. It's about 2 1/2 hours from Yucaipa. See you there!

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

1-2: Flat ground or paved handicap access to and at site.

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Burro Schmitz Tunnel | Castle Butte
On Hold

CHALCEDONY, JASPER, PETERFIED WOOD, PETERFIED PALM, OPALITE, AGATE, GREEN BLOODSTONE, JASPER AGATE

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP.

This is a great trip for kids. We will walk through the 1/2 Mile Gold tunnel that Burro spent most of his life digging in order to haul his gold ore out the south end. We will also visit the Holly Mine, a clay mine for making cleanser. At Castle Butte there are plenty of rocks to find.

We will meet at McDonalds (I15 and SR138) at 7:30AM. Continue up the I5 to US395 and on to SR 58. West to the Butte, then on to SR14 to the tunnel turnoff.

After Kramer Junction there are no services. Bring your lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinks. Make sure your car is fueled up. Bring collecting buckets, a small hand shovel and your flashlight.

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: 2016 Edition

Site 39

Attendees List

Dennis, Linda,

Darwin Mining District
On Hold

Gold, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, copper, scheelite, pyrite, galena, fluorite, calcite, epidote, orthoclase, aurichalcite, hematite, jasper, agate (including blue agate), feldspar, andradite, serpierite, slag and many, many more

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP.

I 395 North to Olancha, then right on 190 to Death Valley. Right at the stop sign to Death Valley, then park at the Darwin Road turnoff where we will meet at 9AM.

Meeting spot is approximately 5 hours from Yucaipa. You can get an early start and meet us at Darwin Road, or you can get a motel in Lone Pine the night before.

We will also visit two slag areas and hillsides where the miners lived in holes. There are 16 mines in the area where we will be walking. Walking difficulty is easy.

You are in the desert, so bring plenty of liquids and your lunch. There are no services after Olancha.

Watch out for the donkeys, mules, and burros!!

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

If you choose to do this in two days, lodging is available in Lone Pine.

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

PO Box 494  Yucaipa, CA 92399