There are two distinct forms of cuprite available in the area. We found
both varieties at the cactus mine dumps and the skylark mine. The first
is crystals that resembles pale amethyst. These are harder to find as
there are not many there (at least we didn't see them.). The other form
is a black shiny material that has brilliant red flashes in the bright
sunlight. It is easy to spot since it is so shiny. We haven't seen
anything in the area to confuse it with. It does looks a bit like some
of the flaky micas we've seen.
Both sites may need a 4x4 to get to, particularly the skylark mine. Both mines are shown on topo maps I have and that's a definite plus for the skylark. The last time I visited the cactus it appeared as though it was going to be reopened. Maybe the dump piles will still be available.
The best times to visit these sites are early spring to early summer and late summer through November or December depending on the snow and temperature. Summer gets rather warm here.
The GPS co-ords for the cactus dump are 38° 29.099' and 113° 18.908'.
The GPS co-ords for the skylark mine are 38° 31' 57" and 113° 07' 05".
Grab your GPS and map have a full tank of gas and have fun.
The pictures are of samples from the Cactus Mine.
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