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    • 11/07/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wickenburg, Arizona
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    Date Creek

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    This Sunday field trip will be back to an old classic, although it is not as productive as it was 50 years ago.  But there is still quartz in those low, rolling hills.

    We will meet at 9:15 AM at a Mobil Station/Arby's about 3.5 miles northwest of the first traffic circle on U.S. 93 in Wickenburg.  We will leave for Date Creek PROMPTLY at 9:30 AM.  Be sure you are ready to go at that time with plenty of gas in your tank and all other "business" taken care of.

    The road to the collecting site is a very good dirt road.  Any normal vehicle can make it, although a wash or two does cross the road, and if the road has not been graded recently, you may need to slow down a little.

    Once we arrive at the spot I will provide a brief Geological introduction to the area, what can be found and how to find it.  Most people will scan the ground or dig shallow pits to find the crystals.  So, a small shovel, geo-pick, screwdriver and bucket or bag to collect crystals, are the type of tools you may need.  If you dig a hole, be sure to fill it when you leave.

    This is a general GOOGLE EARTH view of Wickenburg and the meeting area northwest on US 93.

    This is a closer view of the meeting area.  North is the top of the image.  Meet in the south, southwest area of the parking areal

    Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite:

    This first one is typical of one of the better crystals may be able to find.  (There are a lot of chips with crystal faces laying around.)

    In addition to quartz there are limonite (or goethite) pseudomorphs after pyrite.

    I have been visiting this locality for several years.  I have located a couple pockets and found some of the best crystals this locality has produced.  I am sure there are more to be found in the area.  One needs to be persistent and lucky.  Here are a few of my favorites from Date Creek:

    This is a smoky crystal about 3 inches tall.

    Here is a nice amethyst scepter from the area.  This one was collected around 1990.  It is about 1.2 inches tall.

    And finally, my favorite.  A cluster of amethyst scepters collected from the same pocket as the above crystal.  It is about 6.5 inches wide.

    On last note.  I have not been able to reproduce my luck of finding these great crystals that I found over 35 years ago.  But, who knows what's lurking in those hills.

    • 12/03/2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • 12/05/2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Meet Up Location @ Registration

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    MEET TIME: 8:00 AM in TBD (meeting location will be sent after registration)

    END TIME: The trip will end next day by 5 PM

    TRIP DETAIL:  Day Trip or Overnight Camp at Mine or book hotel in Yuma, AZ.    Meetup on Saturday, December 19th Only.

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit 

    FEE's:  Red Cloud collecting Fee's (to be announced).  

    TRAVEL NOTE: Please allow at least 1/2 hour more time than normal to get to the meeting spot. The delays were not noted on the state of Arizona highway condition website.

    VEHICLE: Higher Clearance vehicles required.  2WD okay.

    SAFETY: We will be using masks when close and practicing social distancing.                   *** No Carpooling due to COVID-19***  

    RECOMMENDED:  Rock hammer, chisels, 3-5 lb sledge hammer, hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirts, collecting container/bucket.  Surdy shoes or boots and normal day hiking items.  Sunscreen, hat, extra water.

    MATERIAL: Wulfenite, Fluorescents 

    TRIP LEADER: Chris Whitney-Smith

    RSVP REQUIRED by Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @ 6 PM - MSA Members Only.  Non-Members need to join MSA at prorated rate for December.


    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 


    • 12/27/2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12/30/2021
    • Round Mountain, Arizona

    Round Mountain

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    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

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    MSA Members Only.


Past events

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10/08/2021 Searles Lake California CANCELLED - Again...
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09/25/2021 FIELD TRIP: Mingus Mountain Banded Iron Formation (Saturday, September 25, 2021)
09/16/2021 MSA Monthly (In-Person & Zoom) Meeting - September 16, 2021 - "Quartz – Another Mineral Arizona Should Be Famous For” Presented by Mr. Les Presmyk
08/21/2021 13th Annual Gilbert Fine Mineral Sale 2021
07/24/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BISBEE & TOMBSTONE MINE TOURS
06/10/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - June 10, 2021 - “LGF Gallery: Minerals, Fossils and Meteorites Oh My" by Mr. Mike Fleeman
06/05/2021 Panning for Gold
05/26/2021 DoBell Ranch Petrified Wood
05/20/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2021 - “Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars" by Mr. Tom Kaye
05/01/2021 Dave Haneline Mine (formerly Blue Owl Mine)
04/24/2021 PALEO SITE FOSSIL COLLECTING
04/08/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2021 - "Rock Candy" by Mr. Stan Celestian
04/07/2021 2021 Tucson's Gem and Mineral Shows
03/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
03/14/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE CUBE, PRISM & SPECTRUM MINES
03/11/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2021 - "Gold: A journey from the Big Bang to the forest of the Amazon" By Dr. Terry Wallace Jr.
03/06/2021 2021 Apache Junction Rock Sale
03/06/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE BALL MINE
02/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: PLANET MINE
02/18/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2021 - "TEN TALL TRUE TALES Plus One" By Mr. Bob Jones
01/30/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE
01/21/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2021 - “Crystalline Eye Candy” presented by Jeff Scovil
12/19/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: RED CLOUD MINE (Overnight Trip)
12/06/2020 POSTPONED: Mineralogical Society of Arizona - Founder's Day Show - Celebrating MSA's 85th Birthday
11/21/2020 CANCELED: MSA FIELD TRIP: CAMP VERDE SALT MINE
11/21/2020 CANCELED - MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE (Overnight Trip)
11/19/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - November 2020 - 'Behind the Scenes of the New UA Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum' Presented by Mr. Eric Fritz
11/14/2020 POSTPONED UNTIL JAN or FEB 2021: MSA FIELD TRIP: AQUARIUS MTS
10/17/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
10/10/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: DIAMOND POINT (QUARTZ)
10/08/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - October 2020 - 'Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park' Presented by Mr. Bob Jones
09/26/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: PAYSON FOSSILS
09/17/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - September 2020 - "Cleaning and Mineral Prep 101 - Why Do We Clean and Trim Specimens?” Presented by Mr. Les Presmyk
07/11/2020 23rd Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show - Lakeside
06/11/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - June 2020
05/29/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Coconino Lapidary Club Annual Show
05/14/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ MSA Monthly Meeting - May 2020
05/02/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Mohave County Gemstoners - Annual Show
04/18/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Rocks in the Park - Verde River Rockhounds
04/09/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2020
04/03/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - 2020 Minerals of Arizona 28th Annual Symposium
03/28/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum's 2nd Public Outdoor Event
03/21/2020 2020 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show - CANCELLED
03/14/2020 Touch Outer Space and Pinal Gem and Mineral Show
03/12/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2020 CANCELLED - NEW TBD
02/29/2020 Apache Junction - Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show
02/20/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2020
02/13/2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
01/09/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2020
01/01/2020 Arizona Gem Shows - Quartzsite, AZ

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Mineralogical Society of Arizona's purpose is to promote interest and education in Earth Science, and related fields.

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