Collecting minerals or common invertebrate fossils can be enjoyed almost everywhere in Black Rock - High Rock Country. Rock and mineral enthusiasts search the hills and canyons for petrified wood, geodes, agates, fossils and many other types of colorful and interesting specimens.
Gold and silver can be found however before you take any make sure you're not claim jumping. Claims can be spotted quite easily and if you see one best honor it. Otherwise its all up for grabs.
To protect mineral deposits and ensure long-term opportunities for collection, the following regulations apply:
• All rock and mineral collection is limited to 25 lbs per day per person, with up to one piece no more than 25 lbs, for a total of 250 lbs per year.
• Common invertebrate fossils such as plants, mollusks and trilobites may be collected for personal use in reasonable quantities, but may not be sold or bartered.
• Petrified wood may not be traded or sold without a permit issued by BLM.
In wilderness areas only surface collecting is permitted. Hanging Rock Petrified Forest and the Charles Lund Petrified Forest are closed to collection. Specimens found outside the fenced and protected area are fair game.
Vertebrate fossils such as dinosaurs, mammals, fishes, and reptiles, and uncommon invertebrate fossils may be collected only by trained researchers under special permit.
Indian artifacts are forbidden to be touched, taken or moved. Arrowheads fall under this rule however, as long as they are not in an Indian Site, or on Indian land, and you will not sell them, no one will stop you and say 'put it back'.