Rockhounders should ‘dig’ this new app from the Utah Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management

Aug 3, 2022, 4:41 PM

A new app by the Utah Geological Survey, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management highlights where to find rocks, minerals and fossils in Utah. (Utah Geological Survey)

(Utah Geological Survey)

Salt Lake City — Rockhounders, grab your eye protection, hammer and mobile device. A new app launched by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides rockhounders with accurate and verified information on where to sniff out and dig up rocks, minerals, and fossils in Utah.

The app also provides information on a specific interest, location confidence, site descriptions, public vs private property, directions and pictures. Users can access the app on mobile devices, tablets and desktop computers.

“Rockhounding is very popular in Utah,” said public information officer Hollie Brown in an email to KSL NewsRadio. “This fills the need for an up-to-date resource for information on what is available and where to find it.”

The app is based on the UGS book published in 1995 titled, A Collector’s Guide To Rock Mineral & Fossil Localities Of Utah. The app, which provides 109 identified sites, will continue to be updated as information becomes available. This includes user feedback, which can be done through a feedback form on the app. 

According to the UGS website, its mission is to provide timely scientific information about Utah’s geologic environment, resources, and hazards.

Rockhounders in Utah

The UGS website also has the contact information of some of the rockhounding, gem and mineral clubs. 

Brown says that rockhounding is very popular in the state. 

“Utah has a lot of exposed bedrock,” said Brown. “This coupled with our unique geology, which includes the Basin and Range, Colorado Plateau and the Rocky Mountains, creates a rockhounder’s paradise.” 

For those not on the hunt for geodes or trilobites, the app also has information on potential landscaping rocks. Great for homeowners looking to conserve water and xeriscape their homes.

Read more:



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Outdoors + Recreation

big cottonwood canyon...

Mark Jones

After recent tragic events, emergency personnel urge public to use caution

After recent tragic events that have claimed three lives, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue is asking those heading into the mountains to be more aware of potential hazards.

19 hours ago

Utah State Parks officials planned to place about 35 boats at the Great Salt Lake Marina today. It'...

Simone Seikaly and Adam Small

Boats returning to the Great Salt Lake Marina

Citing rising water levels, officials from Utah State Parks planned to place 35 boats at the Great Salt Lake Marina beginning Tuesday.

19 hours ago

A 18-year-old man died over the weekend after an apparent drowning at Palisade State Park. Photo cr...

Mark Jones

18-year-old drowns over the weekend, official offers safety tips

Devan Chavez, public information officer with the Utah State Parks, joined Dave and Dujanovic on Monday to discuss the drowning of an 18-year-old at Palisade State Park.

2 days ago

People swim in the surf at Waimea Bay Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, under a warnin...

Forrest Brown

647 people drown each day. Here’s how to avoid being one of them

(CNN) — On Good Friday 2017, Wyatt Werneth got a call from his wife, who had gone grocery shopping with their daughter: The car’s broken down. Please rescue us. Werneth hopped in his vehicle to assist, driving by Patrick Space Force Base near Cape Canaveral, Florida. From the A1A highway, Werneth said you can see the […]

4 days ago

Preventing weeds is one of the biggest benefits of using mulch, and it can make your flower beds lo...

Michelle Lee

Why to use mulch in your garden, and the best type to use

Here are the best types of mulch to use, and the many ways it can benefit your garden including water conservation.

5 days ago

Backcountry skiers Jake Turnbull, left, Santiago Vega and Jason Malczyk walk back to their cars aft...

Becky Bruce

Avalanche clean up underway in Little Cottonwood Canyon after “major” Utah winter

Little Cottonwood Canyon experienced almost 100 avalanches this winter, leaving crews to clean up the huge mess left behind.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Group of cheerful team members high fiving each other...

Visit Bear Lake

How To Plan a Business Retreat in Bear Lake This Spring

Are you wondering how to plan a business retreat this spring? Read our sample itinerary to plan a team getaway to Bear Lake.

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...

BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...

Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Rockhounders should ‘dig’ this new app from the Utah Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management