In The Desert
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Hauser Geode Beds
Palo Verde, California
Wikimapia Map, Geode Beds
Interactive map showing the Hauser Geode Beds
Palo Verde, Ca. is the closest town in the desert to the Hauser Geode Beds. Look for Milpitas Wash Road and follow it west off of Rt. 78. This will get you headed in the right direction. The easiest way to find the Geode Beds is to follow the Garmin GPS track provided here.
Download the Garmin GPS track HERE
Along the way you'll find the area pretty sparse for vegetation. There are however, some low to the ground cacti like this hedgehog.
Here in the desert you'll find an area that supports a thriving population of Desert Tortoises. This shell had a hole in the top, probably the result of a Raven or other large bird eating the dead tortoise.
Here's a medium sized Desert Tortoise we found in the area. You should never try to move or pick one up. It could cause their demise. They store water for long periods of time and moving them could upset them to the point that they urinate, losing their stored water supply. It's illegal to bother them under any circumstances.
After crossing the flat and low rolling hills you'll come to this big wash with the mountains in the background. All along the base of the mountains is one of the Geode Bed locations. There are other locations to be found and they are marked on the GPS topo track supplied here.
This area is open to digging and hunting for geodes. This gentleman did pretty well and had quite a few nice geodes. He said he'd spent a lot of time here in this one location. This area is open to anyone wanting to find geodes, no claims!
We couldn't resist so we did a little digging next to the gentleman pictured above. He was glad to have the company and told us what to look for and what had been found here. Most average 3 inches in diameter but some are found up to 8 inches in diameter. Some were even found with Amethyst crystals inside.
This is really an interesting trip for anyone that likes rocks in general. You can pick up some neat specimens without using a shovel. If your more energetic, then find areas that have been dug and continue the digging.
Have fun ------