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I am planning a trip in April from California to Texas on Route 66. I would like to know if there are any recommendations for collecting fossils or general rock hounding along this trip. Any suggestions, recommendations, or "don't miss" advice would be greatly appreciated.
I was in an agate field in South Dakota just south of Badlands Park. Cretaceous era. I collected a few not-so-special agates and some jasper, and the pictured rock, which I thought was wind polished jasper- but it broke and had what looks to be brachiopods inside. I assume this is sedimentary or metamorphic. What is the relation between the agates in this region and the kind of specimen here? Why are there so many agate fields in this area of S Dak?
Have your dogs pack the water into the back country and pack the finds back to camp. There are so many areas to find agate and opal that you just find a nice camping spot and begin to prospect by walking... and walking... and walking. Even "Apache Tears" can be found north of Snow Lake. Bring a bag to carry them. These are the size of a dime to quarter. The dry creek beds and hillsides are a good place to start... north of Snow Lake are some nice camping spots and the hills further north have the Apache Tears washing out in the dirt roads!