Where we found our best Garnets
found garnets in several areas.
For gem quality (although small) the 4 corners region is good. I don't recall exactly where our guide took us, but I do remember it was between Teec Nos Pos and the Stateline just off highway 160. They are clear with a dark 'grape' color and up to 3/8" in diameter.
Out behind Mesquite, NV has some clear garnets but they are very small. They are very clear with nice color. We recovered them when trying our luck panning for gold. We were in the Nickel Creek drainages. These coordinates are for the general area where we found larger opaque garnets in the walls of the dry washes (N36º 37.978' & W114º 12.480'). These had very nice crystal faces on them. It just a matter of looking in the washes for outcrops of decomposing granite. We recommend a high-clearance vehicle and having a 4X4 would be even better because of the stretches of soft sand.
Garnet Hill (39º 16.200' & 114º 55.134') near Ely, NV is a place set aside just for rockhounds and the garnets run from tiny to over 3/8 inch and clear. They are so dark in color they appear to be black. This site is accessible by car.
The best crystal shapes we have found have been at the Skylark Mine in Utah. Excellent shape and sizes, but opaque. We found a couple of varieties there (Grossular & Andradite). These coordinates (38º 32.035' & 113º 07.065') will get you to the mine. But you will need a 4X4 to get there. Part of the road is in the bottom of a dry wash (dry stream bed). The mine is shown on the USGS map we used.
The Maria & Bwana (38º 26.831' & 113º 04.146') pits near the Old Hickory mine also have some nice green Grossular garnets. Now and then you find some andradites there. If you're careful you can get here with a car.
Here are some coordinates for along the Gold Road near Mesquite, NV.
The first set of coordinates are for parking close to a dry wash. From where you park you just walk down into the dry wash and look for the expose bedrock outcrops. Those outcrops have lots of garnets showing, but you need to look close to find the good samples. The pictures show the drywash and the outcrops.
36° 36.576' N & 114° 12.990' W
From the Skylark Mine in Utah
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