Rockhounding New Mexico – Sierra County’s Rocks, Minerals & Gems

haul from a rock hounding outing

Rock hunters love New Mexico, and Sierra County is a great example of the reason why. Ancient sea beds erode and reveal fossilized marine life; in some spots, one literally trips over the remains.

Green fluorite is common locally, as are many varieties of quartz. Banded agate, a mineral named for its unusual, undulating stripes, is somewhat unique to this area.

According to the head of the Sierra County Rock and Gem Society (SCRAGS), “most rock hunters come to Sierra County to collect carnelian, amethyst, and sulfides.”

Sierra County Rock & Gem Society

SCRAGS meets on the first Monday of every month at 6pm. Prior to COVID, the group met at the Geronimo Springs Museum, however in 2021 meetings have moved to the T or C Civic Center or if necessary, outdoors. Meetings include info on coordinated field trips to rock sites around the county followed by show and tell.

SCRAGS dues are $12 per year for singles, or $18/year for couples or families. The first meeting is free to attend.

For more information on rock hounding in Sierra County, visit SCRAGS’ Facebook page or join the group and get out in the field!

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