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Black Hills Rockhound Area

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Not well marked. On 191 N pass the first BLM sign; drive a few more miles to the 2nd BLM turnoff on... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2018
Peglova
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Glad we visited.

We were rockhounding across the south west and visited this area. The fire agate and other... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
CatskillMountains1
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From the intersection of Highway 70, east of Safford, travel 10 miles north on Highway 191 to Black Hills Rockhound Area. Follow the dirt road 2 miles to the center of the rockhound area.
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Safford Field Office, 711 14th Ave, Safford, AZ 85546
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+1 928-348-4400
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Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

Not well marked. On 191 N pass the first BLM sign; drive a few more miles to the 2nd BLM turnoff on the left. It’s another 2 miles on rough unmaintained road. High clearance vehicle recommended. No services at all. Wear boots, gloves and a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Peglova
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Our grandson is really into geology and finding rocks. He really was looking for granite, pumice, and obsidian. We took him out to Black Hills Rockhound area to see if he could find anything he liked. The trip out was quite a bumpy ride. When...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Fastmach B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We were rockhounding across the south west and visited this area. The fire agate and other interesting agates were fun to find. We really enjoyed our time and will return again.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank CatskillMountains1
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We went looking for the elusive Fire Opal. We found none, however we found many rocks that we plan to work with. This area is rocky (imagine that!) what I mean is that you will be walking around on ground AND 3-8 inch diameter rocks....More

Date of experience: February 2017
5  Thank Z5557MXmarkh
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Lots of fire agates lying around all over the area here at the Black Hills Rockhound Area! We gathered some, had a picnic and enjoyed the beautiful black rock mountains.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank LeighAnn K
Reviewed 9 July 2015

This is a well kept area for rockhounding. The area is well marked, the road pretty dependable and there is room to camp if you wish (although no facilities or power). You can always find some fire agate. It takes time to find good fire,...More

Date of experience: April 2015
3  Thank 842nancyh
Reviewed 4 April 2015

We just spent a most pleasant night camping in our travel trailer FREE on BLM public land at the Black Hills Rockhound Area. We gathered fire agates in the daytime and photographed beautiful wild flowers as we gazed off into the west at Mt. Graham...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Judith U
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Great scenery in a quiet setting, a rock hound delight and terrific description of CCC constructions. Roads somewhat rough but no high tolerance vehicle needed.

Date of experience: October 2014
4  Thank ArizonaNancy2014
Reviewed 8 October 2014

Went here with my husband who was looking for fire agates, thought I would be bored but there were lots of interesting rocks all over the place. Saw some cattle walking around and enjoyed the pretty scenery. We drove in with a Chevy Traverse (without...More

Date of experience: October 2014
4  Thank ScubaLadyK
Reviewed 10 September 2014

Seriously. It is a dozen or more miles outside of Safford, not in the heart of "downtown". It is a pretty place, lots of stones sitting on the ground - mostly valueless; fire agates are there too, but it is best to dig for them....More

Date of experience: February 2014
3  Thank WhiskeyPriest_2012
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