Field Guides

Finding Minerals and Crystals straight out of the ground is so much fun! It is perfect for all ages and lifestyles, minerals are PLENTIFUL around the world and fun to collect!

On the front page of this site you can find articles about field collecting locations, on this page you can buy field collecting guides on Amazon or eBay for a much lower price than retail websites. Click on one of the books covers to search for the best price.


Gem Trails of New Mexico State Book CoverGem Trails of New Mexico

Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Book CoverGem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Gem Trails of Utah Book CoverGem Trails of Utah
Gem Trails
by Various Authors

The Must Have, if nothing else than to have an IDEA about the collecting spots in your state, the gem trails books are a wealth of information at a low price. The perfect beginner guides that are referenced by serious field collectors! Click on the book covers to view them on Amazon, or search the eBay link below.

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Appalachian Mineral & Gem Trails Book Cover
Appalachian Mineral & Gem Trails
by June Culp Zeitner

Amazing Book, but note. This is not some direction giving guidebook with color photos. This is nitty, gritty, INFORMATION. DATA. The real MEAT of rockhounding is finding those places where you see only your own footprints down the trail when you go back 6 months later. If you are in this area of the world, having this book is a NO BRAINER.
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Southwest mineral & gem trails;: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana
by June (Culp) Zeitner

In depth overviews of each county, telling you the general AREA and RARELY an actual MAP, leaving you to do FURTHER research, as it should be. Get it for the wonderful data that can lead you to some serious bouts of mineral daydreams…
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Midwest Gem Trails Book Cover
Midwest Gem Trails
by June Culp Zeitner

June Culp Zeitner was a great writer, this book follows in the same tradition as Appalachian Gem Trails and Southwest Gem Trails. Good stuff!
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Collecting the Natural World Book Cover
Collecting the Natural World: Legal Requirements & Personal Liability for Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks, Minerals & Fossils
by Donald Wolberg and Patsy Reinhard

A great primer into the ever changing world of legalities collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and the like out in the wild. Plus, you can get it for a few dollars.
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Colorado Rockhounding Book Cover
Colorado Rockhounding
by Stephen Voynick

Mr. Voynick really knows what he is talking about and this guide has served us well on many trips through colorado. Full of information, a great book to own, in conjuction with a good map!
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New Mexico Rockhounding
by Stephen Voynick

“This is an okay book if you really know the state of New Mexico, have lots of time, are willing to research the locations, talk to the locals and the like.” has been said about it and I agree.
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Minerals, Fossils, and Fluorescents of Arizona Book Cover
Minerals, Fossils, and Fluorescents of Arizona
by Neil R. Bearce

This book sets the standard for field guides everywhere. Amazing, full of great locations! A MUST own for Arizona field collectors, or those living in nearby states!
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prospecting for minerals field collecting gemstones book cover
Prospecting (Field collecting) for gemstones and minerals
by John Sinkankas

This book, in several chapters, goes over all of the basics of mineral collecting, tools, maps, prospecting, rock types, display. Essentially, it is the perfect FAQ for anyone who wants to go collect minerals.
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Collecting Arkansas Minerals
by Arthur E., Jr. Smith

Fantastic guide to the minerals of Arkansas. Excellent!
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Collecting Arkansas Minerals Book Cover
Collecting Arkansas Minerals
by Arthur E., Jr. Smith

Fantastic guide to the minerals of Arkansas. Excellent!
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Rockhounding Utah State Book CoverRockhounding Utah

Rockhounding Wyoming Book CoverRockhounding Wyoming
Rockhounding Guides
by Various Authors

Wonderful guidebooks to locations in their corresponding states. Highly recommended.

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