Central Oregon is considered a rock hounding paradise. Prineville has the unofficial title of Rock Hound Capital of the United States! Few places offer the variety of precious gemstones as the high deserts and forests of this part of Oregon. With a little preparation, people of all ages can enjoy the opportunity to discover a piece of Oregon’s geologic past by visiting one of the many public recreational collection areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS).
The Chamber of Commerce offers visitors a Rockhound Map that is produced by the BLM, Forest Service, and the Chamber. This map is a full-color guide, which includes pictures and descriptions of the sites, directions using landmarks and GPS coordinates; and showing the local rock materials found at each site. There are also safety tips and historic and geologic information. The map also lists the rules and regulations pertaining to Rockhounding. If you would like to learn more about what to look for and the rules involved, you can read more here, in this Rockhounding/Mining Overview.
The Chamber can mail you a Rockhound map for $9.45 ($3.00 map + $6.45 shipping) or you can stop by during office hours and pick one up for $3.oo.
To order your packet, please send a check or money order payable to the
Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce, 185 NE 10th Street, Prineville, OR 97754.
Or feel free to order with a credit card over the phone at 541-447-6304.