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Stillwell Ranch
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Marathon, TX US
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Location Type: Private Property
Details: This ranch in the Big Bend area allows collecting for a small fee ($5 last time I checked) and is a great source of a wide variety of rocks & minerals from Big Bend & west Texas (thanks to gravity & water transportation).  Our group has found lots of large pieces of fossilized wood, agatized wood, agates, chalcedony, cinnabar, calcite, opal, garnet, amethyst, smoky quartz, shell fossils, ammonites, fluorescent rocks & minerals, arrowheads, scrapers & other lithic materials and many other things I don't know the names for. The coordinates are for the store at the ranch where you check in.  They will direct you to the boundaries. Don't cross any fences or you may end up in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area where people are hunting (with guns, not for rocks). There are several creeks that run through the ranch which is the best place to find good specimens.  Primitive campsites are also available which is a good idea if you like to collect fluorescent minerals.  A walk around the area with a shortwave UV light on a string will expose a significant number of fluorescent specimens to pick from.  Some are from the coating, but many are fully fluorescent.
Directions: The coordinates are for the store at the ranch where you check in. They will direct you to the boundaries.
GPS Coordinates (lat,long): (29.643729, -103.079117)
or (29.643729, -103.079117)
Google Map: (The GPS marker is supposed to be exact.)
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Reference Info: personal experience
Mindat Link: http://www.mindat.org/loc-41973.html
Tags: texas, big bend, agate, stillwell, fluorescent mineral, fluorescent rock, fossils

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Comments (Most recent are first)
Scott (webmaster) - Nov 12, 2013 09:33:13 PM EST

Sorry that no one could help!  Did you have any luck?

Chuckndi - Nov 10, 2013 09:54:46 AM EST
At the Stillwell site right now. Not sure if my eyes are not trained for recognizing the good stuff or maybe I need to find the right spots.  Any pointers??  How about garnets. Found small pieces agate and wood.  Big place, not sure where to focus.  

Scott (webmaster) - Dec 5, 2011 04:13:59 PM EST

Thanks for adding this location!  Great job! :)


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