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Richardson's Rock Ranch Reviews
Arrived at the rock ranch on a warm day. Had my dogs in the vehicle and looking for a shady place to park. There was shade on a lawn area in which a trailer and another vehicle were parked. We parked ... more »
Wouldn't have thought it but is so much fun to dig up these treasures. Worth having them cut open. Took my daughter out here and at 6yrs old she had a blast digging up rocks and picking which ones to ... more »
After visiting the Lava Caves in Bend, the Park Ranger recommended digging for thunder eggs. Calling before going is recommended to see if they are open and last available time people are allowed to e... more »
Had a great time here with my mom who is the rock hound. Very nice selection of rocks. The son was very nice and knowledgeable. We even talked about the history of the ranch. Really cool. There are peacocks on the property, nice pictures of them from my car. There is peacock poop everywhere so wear old shoes. As you approach Richardson's Ranch, it looks like an old barn, on the left side of the road. I thought this was just the dig site so I kept going down the road and there are a couple more houses, when i realized my mistake and turned around. The rock shop is behind the old barn, just hard to see it. Lots of rules here so be very careful, unattended children could get hurt.
I really enjoyed my trip to Richardson's for the massive selection as well as the multiple places to dig your own rocks out on their land. It was a lot of fun and I gained a bunch of knowledge from the friendly, helpful staff. Can't wait to go back!
We are really rock hounds, so any opportunity to look for geodes is a plus for us. They sell far more than local rocks at this Rock Shop. There are rocks from all over the world. The lady at the front desk, probably an owner, is very grumpy, direct, and her face would probably break if she smiled. But she does get her point across. We are actually glad that she's so explicit about the rock digging instructions. You will find no broken agates or tossed remnants on the digging sites. You will find beautiful agates common some with crystals inside, and some with multiple layers of colors. We did not have our rocks cut there because we were only passing through. But we did dig geodes and cut them when we got home. We have some beautiful specimens. The digging sites are easy to access but you do have to drive quite a ways from the ranch to get to there. There are several sites to choose from. You will enjoy the scenery as you drive up the Canyons to get to each digging site. Wear good walking shoes, no flip-flops. It's better if you have long pants or something on your knees. You find yourself sitting or kneeling quite a bit of the time. We did not see rattlesnakes but we understand there are snakes on this site. Arrive early, so you have an easy place to park at the digging site. When we were there we only had two other couples digging at the same time but many other cars were arriving as we left. We had our own digging tools, and we are glad because the digging tools they offered for people to use were very beat up and probably not very effective. We found lots of geodes very quickly and highly recommend you stop and dig.
Cool rock shop. I'm no expert but everyone here is. Worth the time to get there even if it's an hour or two out of the way. Didn't do my own digging but plan to come back and try when we have a chance.
This place is fantastic! You can rockhound or browse through piles of rough rock from all over the world! They have a museum and indoor wonderland of polished stones xoxo open all year!!
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