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.
Address:
6683 NE Haycreek Rd, Madras, OR
Directions:
From Madras, drive 11 miles north on US Hwy 97. At milepost 81 turn right (east). Drive three miles to the shop.
Hours:
Digging March-Oct. Rock shop open daily 7-5. (Call to verify)
Phone:
541-475-2680
Admission:
$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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