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Product Details

  • Series: Rockhounding Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 1st edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560444460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560444466
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author William A. Kappele shows you the grandeur of Utah's exposed formations, its canyon walls etched with fossils, and the spires and arches of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. Each description includes concise information on the material to be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the vehicle to drive, or when a remote find suggests it's time to lace up the hiking boots. Readers will glean new insights into the obsidian of the Black Rock sites, jasper at Hell's Backbone, petrified wood at Bullfrog Turnoff, and fossils of sea lillies along the Wasatch Range. May your journeys be fruitful and your bag be heavy on the way home. Somewhere in that bag among your rocks, we hope you haven't forgotten your copy of <i>Rockhounding Utah</i>.

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And what a wonderful back yard it is.
Bror Erickson
I found the book to be very useful in finding sites to look for rocks and fossils during a recent trip to Utah.
Chuck Randall
Great resource for rock, gems, fossils...
Diane Mayfield

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jones on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very helpful in finding rock-collecting sites in Utah. It has directions to the collecting sites, information about near by attractions, tools needed, elevations, driving conditions and best time of year to go. I use the book religiously when I'm out and about. I give it a 4 star rating, and could have been a 5 star rating had the pictures of the rock specimen been in color, instead of black and white =)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. on July 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found this book very useful in exploring the different sites in Utah. I have only been to a few sites but was not disappointed in the results. One should read the Forward/Intro section. It has good tips on the Utah and it's climate that literally could be a life saver.
The author has put a real effort in listing the different sites and given good directions. I like the site format including the elevation and the best time to collect. I used it to visit Utah in early March and petrified wood from sand creek. I have given the book a four star rating due to it's age. It was published in 1996 so it's seven years old at this writing. the Utah sites still seem to be intact compared to the sites in New Mexico and Colorado. As I have suggested in my other reviews I would like to see GPS Coordinates for Main turn offs and the initial starting points at a collecting site. The forest service/BLM has a habit of closing roads. and there are Vandals that deface signs right when you need them the most. I also use the GPS Data for mapping software at home before the trip. preplanning at home beats driving 10 miles of washboard and dust on the wrong road.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Randall on June 18, 2004
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I found the book to be very useful in finding sites to look for rocks and fossils during a recent trip to Utah. The directions to the sites were clear, and advice on conditions helpful. All of the sites I visited (10-12)were as described and productive, particularly when viewed as jumping off points to explore. The only thing I would ask for are more sites and a wider variety of things to look for. Two weeks more of vacation would be nice, as well. While I'm asking, gas money and a mailer to avoid carrying 25 lbs. of rocks home on the plane...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris E. Kyser on December 21, 2004
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This book is so popular with rockhounder's and has been used so extensively, that the sites depicted have been virtually picked clean. Readers should use this book as a general location reference and search elsewhere for collectable material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbal on April 7, 2012
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Book is outdated as areas noted therein are not as promising or even available as they once were. Some areas listed are now on park or monument property and therefore collecting is prohibited there. I would consider the book to have historical value. If you would base your entire rockhounding trip on this book you will be disappointed. Gem Trails of Utah though not perfect is a better choice of the books available. This book needs to be updated to reflect current conditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Knight on April 8, 2009
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About half way through a 2 month trip in our motorhome to Utah I got this book. It added a whole new dimension to our trip. We went places we would never have gone, and found beautiful rock samples to take home. For the most part the guide was up to date, but the opal mine and azurite mines were closed. The septarian nodlules were probably the most exciting find, but we also found agate, jasper, selenite crystals, and petrified wood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Koeven on June 6, 2009
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I thought this book was just okay. It appears if it was written quite some time ago so a lot of the sites are sketchy and picked clean. I suggest that if you are a serious rockhound that you visit a university nearby and see if they can provide you with information. Honestly, experience is everything so find an old time rockhound and you are set.
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I bought this book two summers ago, it has introduced me to my backyard like no other! And what a wonderful back yard it is. My son loves finding rocks and learning about rocks, and this book helps me plan little day trips with him. We learn a lot together and always have an interesting souvenir that didn't cost us anything, well except for the gas to get there. If you are new to Utah, or new to Rock Hounding, and those two should go together, they really should, this book is for you. William Kappele will introduce you to many nooks and crannies that you would have thought impossible. His directions are accurate. I have found myself lost a couple times, and always to find that was my fault for not reading closely enough. His introduction is great and his cautions should be heeded. This book, food, water, and a sufficient vehicle= plenty of cheap fun for the whole family. Estwing E3-22P 22-Ounce Rock PickHi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking BootLortone 3A Lapidary Rock Gem Rotary 3 Lb. Tumbler NewEureka Apex 2XT Adventure 7' 5" by 4' 11" Two-Person Tent
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