Rockhound Site Information
Mineral Resources Data System
This link will take you to the
It brings together data on mines, quarries, gravel pits and other mineral operations for the whole country, and allows you to display that information in your web browser, or download the information for use with other mapping products (Delorme, Garmin, Google, GIS etc.)
You can download the data for the entire country (266,000 locations!) or state by state and even individual counties.
The data in the system is sometimes less than accurate, as it was drawn from old sources and not checked against reality. It does give clues as to what might be found where and possible areas to explore.
This page allows you to view the data in your web browser (Doesn't seem to work with the Google browser, does with IE and Firefox) but you have to scroll down to find the line with your information. It also allows you to get data for a selected area.
A Location Guide for Rock Hounds in the United States
The following book may be downloaded for your use.
It was compiled from numerous sources by Robert C. Beste a geologist from Missouri.
I find it handy when I'm traveling. It can give you good ideas about what to look for where ever you are.
A Location Guide for Rock Hounds in the United States 2005 Ed.
Part 1 Table of Contents to Idaho 155 pp. (1.96 MB) Min-Loc05-1 PDF
Part 2 Illinois to North Dakota 186 pp. (1.86 MB) Min-Loc05-2 PDF
Part 3 Ohio to Appendix 193 pp. (1.24 MB) Min-Loc05-3 PDF
Provided by The Paleontological Society of Austin
More Google Rockhound Maps
These maps have been created by a number of people, and contain information about sites around the country, may vary in quality
Mid-Atlantic fossil sites
My Fossil Hunting Locations
Cincinnati-Area Fossil sites
Ontario Rock and Mineral Collecting
Victor Valley Rocks
Chicago-area Silurian Trilobite localities
Fossil sites near Montreal
Fossils in Nova Scotia