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Jim

topaz mountain utah, clear topaz crystalls

Hi everybody, at Topaz mountain utah the blm has a public rockhounding area where REALLY NICE topaz can be found. If you go there the chamber of commerce in delta has some information on where it is at. Nice camping in an unimproved flat in the valley where the topaz is at. The area is accessable by car if you are careful and drive slow. When you get close to the diggings the road becomes passable for high clearance only, and parking past this point is limited. This is within walking distance of the digs. The topaz is found in gas bubbles in rhyolite. So heavy collecting equipment is required to get the really great sherry colored topaz. Bring your sledge hammers and chizels. the topaz turns clear on exposure to sunlight in about an hour so if you get sherry colored topaz keep it out of sunlight. Holds up great under incandesent light- no uv. If you would like LOTS of clear topaz, hike to the top of the ridge on the west side of the valley. There are lots of 1" topaz crystalls scattered all over the ground on the west side. Just walk around and pick them up. Be shure to let someone know where you are because it is fairly steep and accidents are a possibility. Do not go in the summer it is too hot, dont go alone. The closest available water is in delta, 65 miles away! There are no supplies or people within 40 miles of this site. The utah geologic survey has some publications on topaz mountain, and there is a zone where red emeralds can be found in the valley. These are extremely valuable and a red emerald the size of the metal band holding the eraser on a pencil is worth several thousand dollars. This area is on very steep slopes that really need ropes to be safe to work on. One slip and you roll all the way to the bottom of the slope. Did I mention that the rocks are rather sharp?

Best Regards

Jim
Jim

Ps: The red emeralds are really hard to find so dont plan on getting rich there.

Best Regards

Jim
RexB

Jim,

That's an interesting area, I've been out there once and it was quite remote. It was on a college geology club field trip and they knew where to find some of the red beryl crystals. The ones from Topaz Mt. are flat brownish/red hexagons about a quarter inch in diameter. They aren't beautifully colored like the ones found on the private workings in the Wah Wah Range. However, just because they are red beryl they're still worth something. My brother was along on the trip and was lucky enough to find two red beryl crystals. No one else found any on the trip.

Rex
Goldfinger

Hi All:

I was under the impression that Topaz Mt has been worked to death over the years and very little has been found in the area lately. That's the information I got from a rockhound friend who has hunted that area quite extensively in the past. That doesn't mean you won't find anything as you could still hit a nice pocket someplace but the area is not yielding as many treasures like it used to.

Steve
RexB

Goldfinger,

I'm not sure, but I was out there probably in about 2001 or so, around 5 years ago. Back then they seemed to be everywhere. I should go back sometime I guess. Of course nice crystals still in the matrix are rarer since more work is required to bring them to light, they aren't just lying around scattered in the debris. From what I saw, majority of the crystals already free from the rhyolite are bleached and some have sand attached which detracts from their appearance.

Rex
Jim

topaz mountain collecting

I have been to topaz mountain several times, the last visit was 3 years ago. There is plenty of topaz left. The easy to break rocks have been pounded on and searched for topaz. You need sledge hammers to get topaz in the main collecting area. I however had really good luck with just a rock hammer by hiking uphill to the ridge on the west side of the valley well down the canyon. Appears that nobody goes up there because it is a bit of a walk. There are topaz on the ground for the picking. These are clear. I easilyy found sherry topaz by pounding on rocks.

Best Regards

Jim

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