Texas petrified fern root Jul 31, 2022 19:47:26 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by quartzilla on Jul 31, 2022 19:47:26 GMT -5
Yes, it does. We've collected petifrified palm at the Kramer Hills as well. Also similar found at the El Paso mountains (California), which is a bit farther west and north from Kramer Hills. That area is now off limits to collecting.
But especially with gas prices being what they are, we prefer to collect closer to home. We've not been in a while, but we like to go to an area off Indian Pass Road, in the Picacho Recreation area. This is in extreme South-eastern California, the north side of I-8, exit at Ogilby Road. There we find beautifully patterned and extremely hard petrified palm bog - some with included snail shells! - as well as some nice yellow jasper.
Here's a link to a blogspot (not mine) on someone's trip to the area.
A beautiful area. You can be camped out there, not far off the road, for a week at a time, and you may only see a handful of people in that time. There are even wild burros in the area!
One thing I should mention. A Jeep would be the preferred vehicle, a short wheelbase, not a long truck with an 8 foot bed. We have been both down, and up the "road," and I use the term loosely, which basically follows a creek bed down the hill, with its soft sand, and twists and turns. It is my understanding, that the road down the hill, has not had any kind on maintenance on it over the years, since it was first scratched out. However, the upper section does get graded periodically.
rockpickerforever I was wondering about that place. That’s near the old dumortierite location correct? Closest I’ve been to there is Buzzards Peak off the 78 many years ago. We were trying to find the Gold Basin geode site but ended up camping and collecting around Buzzard Peak.