Madras, Oregon: Richardson's Rock Ranch

Commune with nature out in the middle of nowhere, using a pick and bucket, as you dig for colorful agate Thunder Eggs.
6683 NE Haycreek Rd, Madras, OR
From Madras, drive 11 miles north on US Hwy 97. At milepost 81 turn right (east). Drive three miles to the shop.
Digging March-Oct. Rock shop open daily 7-5. (Call to verify)
$1.25 per pound, 10 pound minimum.
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Richardson's Rock Ranch.

Richardson's Rock Ranch

Find-it-Yourself rock hunting in a Wild West setting complete with cattle and distant buttes. Pay by the pound, bucket and tools provided. If you can't be bothered to dig in the heat, they have a huge selection of rocks, geodes, petrified wood, etc. in piles in the yard, with smaller polished pieces inside the store. Two ostriches in pens and free-roaming peacocks add to the rather odd ambiance.

[Kim, 12/14/2017]

The big attraction is the chance to find your own colorful Thunder Eggs -- agate-filled nodules roughly the size of an orange. No wimpy "pan for gold" attraction, you have to drive seven miles on a bumpy dirt road and then dig. Pick and bucket is supplied by the attraction.

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