Although this wasn’t my first trip, it was the most recent, so we are starting off our journey here. My good friend Jared and I recently headed down near Green River, Utah to some sites along the San Rafael Swell.
We had heard you can find these geode filled mud balls anywhere from just North of Goblin Valley all the way up to I70 along the swell. And, of course, to pick up any petrified wood, agate, or anything else would just be an added bonus!
After walking around for quite some time, we had come up mostly empty handed. Some fossilized coral, a moqui ball, and an old rusty flask (but no drunken prospector!) was all we had to show for ourselves. Not to mention I had a total of three heart attacks–
2. Observed two spiders that had apparently either fought or mated to the death (their two giant black bodies were intertwined and long since expired).
3. Had a jack rabbit who waited until I was about two feet away before freaking out and jumping around making quite a show (I was already on edge with my knife at the ready waiting for another snake or the ghost of the prospector).
After driving along a few more miles, Jared (or Big J as we like to call him) about jumped out of the car before I had the chance to stop. He had seen a flash of red alongside the road and demanded we stop right then and there.
Much to our delight, we (And by we I mean Big J) found the cash crop. A scattered shale outcropping was intermingled with numerous pieces of jasper, agate, calcite, and celestite. Cuts and scattered pieces of geodes contained super brilliant colors. We filled up a few buckets and dug around for another hour or so in an attempt to gather some whole geodes to cut back at home. It was an agate-filled mudball geode wonderland!
Here they are: 38°51.5′N and 110°25.6′W
Directions to Hatt Ranch, Greasewood Draw, and the Squeeze:
From the intersection of 800 North and I-15 in Orem, Utah
1. Drive South on I-15 for 13.5 miles to Spanish Fork exit 258. Stay left onto Highway 6
2. Drive Southeast on Highway 6 for 127 miles until you hit I-70
3. Go left (West) on I-70 for 8.3 miles to exit 149 and take a left on UT-24
4. Drive 3.8 miles to a turn off to the right toward Hatt’s ranch and take this road due West
5. Go straight West for another 4.1 miles to an intersection
6. Take a left at the intersection and drive for 600 feet to the destination
7. On this one I had to use Google Earth so I hope this is the correct outcropping. If not, feel free to explore around the area because you will find great stuff all around you