Hematite at the Five Mile Mountain area
N 37° 8.719' & W 111° 59.935'
Five Mile Mountain is a very diverse area to wander around in. You never know just what you may run across. Hematite is one of those interesting items. It was used by the Anasazi to color their paint red. It is an iron compound and one of the primary iron ores. It has several different crystal shapes that can been found at Five mile mountain, they are the cube, the dodecahedron, and the five sided tabulars. All the crystals are jet black and shiny and can be found over a wide area. Some of the cubes we found were about 1 inch square while the tabs were at best 5/8 inch.
To get there take Highway 89 from Page, AZ. or Kanab, Ut. to mile 35.5 and turn south at the power substation. Follow the dirt road for approximately 3.5 miles, find a place to park and get out and start watching the ground for black spots (hint: they shine real well in the sunlight). When you start finding black blobs you're in the right area, you just need to work "upstream" where it washed out from. Have a small magnifier along to check some of the shinier pieces to see if they have any crystal faces. Often you find pieces with small crystals first then work into the larger crystals. Another good indicator you're close is small chunks of calcite (it'll be white and opaque). In this locale they seem to go together. Actually there are so many places here to find hematite that if you just get out and walk around you're bound to run onto some within an hour or two! No digging required, it's all over the surface.
Please note - This is now a National Monument and they get very disturbed by people rockhounding (collecting samples), so only take pictures of what you find.
This is just one of those great places to spent the day as you never know what you might see--- such as deer, antelope, eagles, hawks, other critters, fossils, arrowheads, ruins, minerals, and one small cave opening. And don't forget the camera, the vistas are fantastic.
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