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“Geode hunting”
Review of Hauser Geode Beds

Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Blythe
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Owner description: Exploration and digging at this elusive spot yields geodes, beautiful inside when split open.
Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

Spent the day digging for geodes in the Hauser beds. The duty roads are well maintained, but a 4X4 is a good idea. Do your research before traveling so you can find what you are looking for. Take plenty if water and food. Also take tge proper tools, like a pick, shovel, hand tools and something to carry your geodes and other treasures in. We went to two places and collected some nice, but small specimens. Happy hunting!

12  Thank rocklvr03
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

This is an off-road trip to collect colorful agate and crystal-filled nodules--while most of it is driven on rough desert tracks, I encountered a few places where gully erosion and deep sand/gravel were too much for any vehicle without high clearance and 4-wheel drive. Drive a truck, SUV, or jeep. Take a shovel, pick, or something to dig in loose rocky soil. Take lots of water, maybe some food--you'll spend hours driving in, digging, exploring, and driving back out.

The Hauser beds are scattered over several square miles. Search the web and read the various accounts and directions about beds with names like Potato Patch, Straw Bed, South End, etc. Several books about rockhounding in California have been published,and most give GPS coordinates. Plug these into your GPS to help ensure that you do find productive geode beds.

Dig the rounded geodes out of holes left by other miners, or start your own hole. Some miners dig in the washes and gullies where the ash layer is easy to see. Others find tilted rock outcrops in the surrounding hills, where it is possible to dig in under the rock layer covering the ash.

By the way, and not to be missed, the most famous of rockhounds after geodes in the west (Paul "The Geode Kid" Colburn and Christopher) have collected agate geodes here--visit their cutting and polishing works near Rockhound State Park in New Mexico to see fabulous finished Hauser Bed and other specimens for sale.

Something you will wish to know about digging here is that there are bees in the desert, and they are thirsty! As you dig down into the loose volcanic ash layer where the geodes are, the ash is sometimes slightly damp, and bees will come from far and wide, attracted by the smell of water. Some miners apparently leave cups and bottles of water as offerings to the bees. I don't recommend disturbing any of these that you find--the bees will be excited and will not leave you alone. Even when you take a drink of your own water, bees will come. They are very annoying, but I did not get stung even once. I couldn't identify them, but Arizona does have Africanized honey bees ("Killer Bees") so just beware. In my experience, these bees jjust buzz you a lot. Suppress your reflex for shooing them, it only makes them more aggressive.

Have fun on this excursion. The Southern California Desert is an experience not to be missed, if only for the scenic and vast landscape. Pack your trash out so the next visitors will also be able to imagine that they are the only people in the world as they wander this ancient place.

24  Thank nbedinger
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

The geodes are about the size of softballs. Get someone to show you where to look. Collectors generally cover them back up with dirt to preserve them, but they can be quite beautiful. A high-clearance vehicle is required.

5  Thank SDMRT
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Finding and staying on trail is a little tricky the first time. Just stay on the road most traveled. Nice views. Digging the geodes up is harder work than I thought. Bring a shovel & pick. Took Bradshaw Trail to Wileys Well Road to Geode Beds Road. On return we went Geodes Bed Road to Wileys Well Road and then continued on to Milpitas Wash and Hwy 95. There are a couple of outhouses in rough campgrounds on Wiley's Well Road - other than that - nada. Bring food and water. If unfamiliar with area, you should get another vehicle to go with you. A little remote. Vehicles should have good ground clearance - 4x4 nice but not absolutely necessary if you are experienced off road. We take this drive at least once a year - Have Fun! Remember: Pack It In - Pack It Out.

12  Thank alkat-1
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