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Arizona rockhounding

The department receives numerous requests for information on visiting Arizona's mineral collecting sites. Information on mines and mining may be obtained from the Department's staff and library. The department's publication, Circular 92 - Arizona Rockhound Information is a good source of information too. You may also want to join a rock and gem earth science club in Arizona or visit an Arizona mineral show.

Rockhounding on BLM Land

Rockhounding in Arizona, a brochure produced by the Bureau of Land Management, summarizes the regulations for rockhounding on public lands. Briefly the regulations state that: "You (may) collect reasonable amounts of specimens. In Arizona, BLM sets the 'reasonable' limits for personal use as up to 25 pounds per day, plus one piece, with a total limit of 250 pounds per year." This brochure is available from any BLM office in Arizona, including the Arizona State Office at 1 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-417-9200. The BLM's rockhound page offers information on some specific areas including the Burro Creek Campground area northeast of Wickenburg, the Black Hills Rockhound area northeast of Safford and the Round Mountain area located southeast of Safford.

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