Rock Hunting

by Kelsey Norwood

in Family Fun

Last weekend we went rock hunting (or hounding) with my husband’s family. I had never heard of rock hunting either, so you’re not alone in your wonderment. Rock hunting is…well, hunting for rocks – every kid’s dream!


We trekked over to the west side of Utah lake to find shell fossils first. The 14 cousins had an absolute blast climbing all over the rocky and hilly terrain hunting for the best shell fossil. Those with picks and other excavating tools were able to dig at the rock to remove a fossil or two while the rest of us just explored.


The lizards were a big hit as well. Maybe this stop would be better named “lizard hunting.”


Our next stop was close to Vernon, Utah, to find wonder stone. This place was really great because the wonder stone was everywhere! Everyone, even adults, got really into searching for the most unique and beautiful piece of wonder stone. We brought home a handful of our best finds to put in a jar and display.


Rock hunting is a great family fun activity because it is entertaining for all ages. My 1 year old had a great time eating and throwing rocks, and his grandma and grandpa were just as excited to discover their own special rocks. If you don’t know of any places where you can find shell fossils, birdseye marble, wonder stone, or geodes in your area you can hunt for rocks of a particular shape or color. You can do this at a playground or out in the woods, whatever is convenient for your family.

For rock hounding/hunting in Utah, check out this website that has locations and directions.


1 Ashley Dorius June 6, 2008 at 10:15 pm

He’s getting so big!!! I remember when you were first pregnant with him!! Congrats again!!

2 Tiffany Fairbanks August 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

We are headed out to the Geode beds in Utah this weekend. My kids are over the moon excited! We can’t wait to see what we find and bring home some rocks with cool insides…

3 Marlene Affeld March 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Great photos and post – thank you for sharing your adventure. Sounds like you had a fine time – I love to rock hound and prospect for gold. I presently mine in
Montana – for more information on the mineral state, please visit my blog.

Happy Hunting!

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