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FossilFever

Hello everybody. I'm a fossil enthusiast who has a podcast about fossils and gemstones. I love in Southern California, but there aren't any fossil sites down here besides the one in Bakersfield, which is still a while away. Does anybody have know of a fossil mine around Southern California, or even just a fossil shop? There isn't really anything down here, I stick to online shops. I greatly appreciate it.

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Fossildude19

Moved to FOSSIL SITES> CALIFORNIA. ;) 

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RuMert

Maybe this can help

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FossilFever

Wow!!! Thanks a lot RuMert!

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RuMert

Yep, I'm advising americans on US fossil sites while staying home myself. That's what covid does:D. You are welcome

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grandpa

Hello, FossilFever.  Welcome from Austin, Tx.  You might also try this site:  https://californiafossils.org/

 

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Fossildude19

Keep in mind, the Fossil Spot website information is VERY VERY OLD. 

The information was cobbled together from old scientific papers and studies. 

Sometimes as old as the late 1800's.

 

The information is largely no longer accurate - sites have disappeared, been reclaimed, built over or destroyed. 

Also make sure you have permission to collect on the sites you do visit.

 

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Scylla

There are a ton of sites in So. Cal, but unfortunately many are no longer collectable. Rock and mineral collectors have more options such as the pay to dig sites in San Diego County (Himalaya Mine, Pala Mine and a few others) or Houser Geode beds. The Trilobite Wilderness is no longer open to collecting off of old Hwy 66 near Cadiz. There are tar seeps other than La Brea with fossils too, but I think those are privately owned. But keep your eyes to the ground and you can find isolated fossils here and there. I have found marine mammal fossils, shark teeth and petrified wood in unexpected places in Southern California.

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FossilFever

Scylla, I've been to the Pala Mine, and I've been thinking about the Himalaya mine. Those are both great sites, some good aquamarine and tourmaline has come out of there and into my collection.

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DPS Ammonite

Join a local gem and mineral club. There is a good fossil society in LA.
http://the-vug.com/educate-and-inform/rock-and-gem-clubs/

 

It appears that you can still collect trilobites: 

https://www.blm.gov/visit/marble-mountain-rock-collecting-area

 

 

If you let us know roughly where you live, you might get some better suggestions. 
 

The Mojave area seems to have more open sites. There is lots of colorful jasper near Ludlow: Lavic Siding.

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FossilFever

DPS Ammonite thanks for the help, I have looked up the marble mountain trilobite collecting. I was planning to go there before the world shut down. I live more in the LA, Orange County area, if that helps.

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Scylla
15 minutes ago, DPS Ammonite said:

Join a local gem and mineral club. There is a good fossil society in LA.
http://the-vug.com/educate-and-inform/rock-and-gem-clubs/

 

It appears that you can still collect trilobites: 

https://www.blm.gov/visit/marble-mountain-rock-collecting-area

 

 

If you let us know roughly where you live, you might get some better suggestions. 
 

The Mojave area seems to have more open sites. There is lots of colorful jasper near Ludlow: Lavic Siding.

Great news about the trilobites. I think this is a change because I heard they had closed it to collecting for a time.

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FossilFever

Oh really?! When I checked their website back in January or February, they said that they were taking tours, and they were pretty booked up!

 

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FossilFever

I'll try to find that website

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