How to Find Topaz Crystals at Topaz Mountain

How to Find Topaz Crystals at Topaz Mountain

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  1. ys6425 on August 17, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Rock solid

  2. Tee Cee on August 17, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I hiked up to that saddle once, it was a tough hike in 95f weather, and the back slope was scary. I didn’t really find anything, but I didn’t try very hard either.

  3. Nicholette & Brian on August 17, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Topaz is so beautiful. We haven’t had a chance to rockhound after it yet but thank you so much for sharing your adventure doing it! You found some great specimens!

  4. Kevin Rey on August 17, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Nice video, but you have a fair bit incorrect about the timing and paleotopography of the volcanics that formed Topaz Mountain. The silicic lava that formed Topaz Mountain (Thomas Range) erupted between 6 and 7 million years ago. Also the topography of the area around the Thomas Range didn’t look anything like the Cascade Range found in Oregon and Washington. It looked very much like it does today with the exception of the eruptions that formed the Thomas Range and several smaller mountains to the east. This is due to east-west extension of the Basin and Range. In addition, and this is something for your gee-whiz file, the topaz bearing rhyolite of Spor Mountain to the west is much older at around 21 million years old (see Christansen et al., 1984; 1986). Also, the cavities and vent structures (as you called them) are known as lithophysae.

    BTW, I have enjoyed watching many of your videos. I’m a 20+ year rockhound…

  5. Brian Jurney on August 17, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the video, finally had a chance to watch it. I kind of swore off Topaz mountain last time I was there because of how unsuccessful I have been there (I just broke down and bought one), after seeing this though, I might give it another try in the spring.

  6. That One Early Commenter on August 17, 2022 at 9:49 pm


  7. Wil Bond Cajun Rockhound on August 17, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    nice trip , beautiful out there , i think thats pretty good finds , those lil crystals are cool

  8. Cliffwalker rockhounding on August 17, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Very good video, wonderful specimens! Excellent information at the beginning.

  9. Carolyn Wheeler on August 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    We were just there yesterday (June). We didn’t find anything! I found rocks with pockets but they were empty. I’m not able to hike very far and my husband wrenched his knee so he couldn’t get far either. Do any of the driving trails lead to good areas where we might be able to find something next time?

  10. Utah Rockz on August 17, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Those pockets at the end are amazing!! We definitely need to go back and explorer that area more!

  11. Close To My Heart on August 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    That looks like so much fun! Do you take people out on trips? You should have a business where you do that, and they pay you for it!

  12. Hardware Fixer on August 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    thank you

  13. Dream Look Auto Detailing Auto Detailing on August 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I was at topaz mountain a couple weeks ago, 1st time going. Went to an area where there was nobody else at. I didn’t know what I was doing, but once I got the hang of it it was A-blast! Do you have a video on where to where to find the Red barrel? I also heard there is Opal somewhere around there, is this true?

  14. RockHound Quest on August 17, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I haven’t hounded for Topaz yet, they are pretty. Do you get them faceted or anything?