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Rockhounding Wyoming (A Falcon Guide) Paperback – 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Books; 1st edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560444452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560444459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Although the rockhounding treasures are many in this vast and sparsely populated state, author Kenneth Graham points out that 'sometimes the joy is in the search itself.' The 75 sites described in this guide will take you across the red desert to the high mountain majesty of the Big Horns and Wind Rivers as well as the geologic wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Graham, a former hardrock miner, developed an interest in rocks at an early age, and he shares his enthusiasm for rockhounding and his appreciation for the diverse Wyoming landscape that holds the treasure. Each description provides detailed information complete with maps on how to find the remote as well as popular digs, what will likely be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the appropriate vehicle to drive, or when to lace up your hiking boots to get to those out-of-the-way places. Be sure to take along Rockhounding Wyoming to plan your next rockhounding adventure.

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Customer Reviews

Well written, well illustrated, very detailed and very informative.
Loren R. Richardson
We have used the guides to many sites and enjoyed searching and hunting for rocks all over Wyoming.
vione
Would buy again and will tell people to buy too......Thumbs up people!
Michael J. Vandyke

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Garnet Carbonatite on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I worked in Wyoming for several months in 2004 and bought this book for my "weekend adventures in rock hounding". I was and still am grossly disappointed with the book. Many of the sites that this book stated where on BLM or Forest Service land were indeed on private property. I thought that a more fruitful use of my time would be to visit the rock shops listed in the back of the book. Again, I was grossly disappointed. Many of the shops closed down, changed hands, or moved. Although this book was published in 1996, Appendix B was already outdated per some of the Rock Shop owners I did find. My recommendation is to find a phone book when you pull into a town, look under "rock shops", and call to see if they are open (or will open for you).

Lessons Learned: If the black and white photos in the book use wheatback pennys for scale, the information included in the book may be as dated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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I have found this book to be a useful tool in exploring sites in Wyoming. I would suggest anyone traveling out to Wyoming read the introduction fully. You do need to prepare for the wide open spaces. The book is copyrighted in 1996 so it's 7 years old at this writing. Many things have changed in the past seven years. Roads have been closed by both BLM and the forest service. Trail signs have been changed or vandalized. If I was traveling a long distance to collect I would check with local rock shops to see if the desired sites were still open. If I could change anything it would be to include GPS coordinates in the driving directions. At least for the main turn-offs and the main site starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Sirls on September 25, 2010
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The info in this book is a bit out of date--many of the sites have been very well picked over. I also find the directions to some of the sites to be quite vague, enough that, if it weren't for the evidence of high traffic and digging at the sites, one might not even be sure of being on the correct site (as I was not sure at some).

All that being said, this is a useful guide for finding places to begin looking for specimens that may be unavailable to the casual collector. It gives a good jumping-off point from which a bit of exploration and careful examination might provide a less visited spot at which truly impressive specimens may lie undisturbed to be found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shoot-N-Ride on April 18, 2014
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In this modern printing world, I was seriously disappointed by the lack of color photos illustrating the various rocks. Descriptions will be tested as I explore different areas of Wyoming in the near future. I definitely don't recommend this if you're seeking several clear examples of the various rocks; if all you need is to know where to start looking, this is a decent reference.
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WONT REALLY APPRECIATE THE HELP WE WILL GET FROM THIS BOOK UNTIL OUR TRIP THIS SUMMER. HOPE TO FIND SOME STONES I CAN USE IN MY LAPIDARY HOBBY.
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I was looking for a book on rock-hounding in Wyoming, and this fits the bill. good packaging. thank you. much
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By Stephanie Senn on December 9, 2013
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Really seems poor compared to the Rockhounding MT book. I would not recommend this book. Other books are more informative.
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By Christine Evelyn on October 8, 2013
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Color pictures would add a lot to this book. We did search some of the places. Directions seemed accurate. GPS would be helpful in future editions.
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