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This Perfect Day: Rockhounding at Richardson's Rock Ranch 

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Keely Damara

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For those who like beautiful day drives and laid-back outdoor activities, rockhounding may just be your new favorite pastime. Richardson's Rock Ranch is open during the summer seven days a week, 7am to 5pm.
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Thundereggs—named for their spherical shapes and often colorful, agate-filled interiors—are plentiful in the volcanic ash layers common throughout the region. Guests dig for thundereggs and pay for their haul by the pound.
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Directions


Drive 11 miles north of Madras and turn right at Mile Post 81. Follow the signs and take the dirt road to the right, past a few barns and to the Richardson's Ranch office. It's hard to miss—quartz and rocks the size of your head are on display in front of the building.
Keely Damara

Gear needed


Buckets and rock hammers are available to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. These are the only tools you'll need to get started.
Keely Damara
I left bright and early at 6am on Sunday to beat the impending summer sun to the agate and thunderegg beds. The roads are well maintained, but they're still dirt. I'd suggest not taking a small sedan out to the ranch, but you won't need an off-road vehicle.
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Keely Damara
When I pulled past the red barns and into the driveway of the Richardson's Rock Ranch office, I was greeted by peacocks, chickens, roosters and a few quail scurrying across the road.
Keely Damara
It felt like a magical farm in the middle of nowhere—with a ton of colorful rocks and quartz carefully laid out in front, like a yard sale.
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For those who like beautiful day drives and laid-back outdoor activities, rockhounding may just be your new favorite pastime. Richardson's Rock Ranch is open during the summer seven days a week, 7am to 5pm.

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