Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, Estes Park

4.7
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
In 1964, Dick Siebenaler, who moved here from Kimball, NE, where he had a small rock shop, bought Cy’s Rock Museum and turned his love of rocks into the famous “Dick’s Rock Museum” which is now a historical landmark for Estes Park. Although educated in geology, his true love was actually hunting the rocks, then cutting and polishing them. For 42 years, Dick, his wife, Marilyn, and their daughters shared their passion for rocks with everyone who visited. The daughters ran the shop for several years after their parents passed on, and sold the shop in 2003 to the current owner, a close friend who had also been a supplier for years. Finding the proper buyer for the shop was a long process, knowing that the shop would have to be in the right hands so the memories would remain.

The museum is a collection of agates, petrified woods and a multitude of exotic minerals from around the world, butterfly geodes, coprolites (fossilized dino dung), jewelry and even a display of how rocks look through the stages of being cut and polished. It is quite an eclectic blend of gems and minerals collected by Dick and his family over many years and is preserved here for all to see.

Carl Scott and his family had supplied rose quartz to Dick for many years, from the Scott Red Rose Quartz mine in Custer, South Dakota, which has been in Carl’s family since the late 1800′s.

The Scott Red Rose Quartz mine is located southeast of Custer and is probably best known for the largest deposits of high quality rose quartz in the United States. It is also one of the few rose quartz mines still in operation. The mine has yielded the most desirable colored rose quartz in the US and is recognized worldwide as a source of deep rose colored quartz. For many years the best material from the mine was sent to Germany and China for carving into ornamental objects and cutting into beads for necklaces and other jewelry. A beautifully carved bowl from rose quartz out of the Scott mine was donated to the Field Museum in Chicago by Edna Scott, wife of Samuel Scott, Carl’s great-grandfather.

Carl and his crew are continuing a long tradition of sharing their love of rocks with everyone who visits this historical shop.

There is NO admission fee to see Dick’s Rock Museum!

We have “Coffee on the Rocks” with free Wi-Fi next door so you can shop, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the beautiful views all in one quiet location.

You can find us on your way to or from the Rocky Mountain National Park on Highway 36/Moraine Ave. The Big Thompson river sparkles and flows along behind us, Prospect Mountain stands tall and Longs Peak is in the distance, and you can see the Estes Park Aerial Tramway from our shop.
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  • The selection is wonderful and interesting. I like feeding the ducks with provided corn at the back door overlooking the river!  more »
  • Highly recommend this place while in Estes Park. If your a rock hound like my daughter, you will find everything you might be looking for and more.  more »
  • I was so excited to see that Dicks Rock shop was still there! When I walked in side I felt nothing had changed in 50 years. I was still able to pick a ROCK geode and split it open . Outstanding gems.....  more »
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  • This is the best rock shop I've ever been to, and I have visited quite a few as an avid rockhound. The store and the grounds are beautiful (and located right next to a coffee shop, which is an immediate win!) There are bins of beautiful rough materials outside, where prices are clearly marked and a scale is available to assess what you'll be paying BEFORE you get to the register. Inside you can find nearly anything your heart desires, for every price range. My kids, 7 and 5, who regularly roll their eyes at my hobby, found themselves digging through bins of various polished stones to take home, which they talked about the entire drive back to Kansas. The girl at the counter was so. incredibly. knowledgeable. Really, she was a rock savant. I want to plan our next Colorado trip just so I can make another stop at Red Rose Rock Shop!
  • It was an overall amazing experience! I love coming here annually and purchasing a wonderful selection of reasonably price rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils! It can’t wait for the next time I go there! If you are in Estes Park, you should definitely take a quick stop here to check out their wonderful high-quality selection!!! Definite five stars!!!
  • This place was really neat and interesting. My kids wanted to stop by and I ended up liking it as much as they did. Even my wife was impressed by the place, and she's not into rocks or geology at all. They have a vast selection of rocks, many I'd never seen or heard of before.
  • Fantastic place, what a rock shop should be. Big bins of rough outside, smaller and more valuable specimens inside. Fair prices and helpful staff. Well worth a visit!
  • The rock shop is great for adults and children alike. There is always a ton to do including the little grab bags the kids can put together for just a few dollars. The sluice box is awesome when the weather is warm and the kids love finding treasure in the sluice box while panning their bag that can be purchased inside for not much money. The owner Carl is about the best owner a business could have. He is very friendly and super knowledgeable and will take the time to interact with your kids and make them feel very welcome. We will definitely be back every time we are up there. They have duck food for purchase to feed the ducks in the local pond that they own and the ducks will walk right up to you. They also share the same parking lot as Coffee on the Rocks so you can get a drink while you shop.

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