Rock Hounding For Obsidian - Delta Utah

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Obsidian in the Black Rock Desert, Millard County

Located approx 43 miles from Delta, Utah via HWY 257 is the Obsidian beds. Obsidian was used by the Indians to make arrowheads, spearheads and other tools. This rock is brittle and sharp like glass and this area has a variety of different colors such as black with white flake patterns called Snowflake Obsidian and Mahogany Obsidian which is brown or black & brown.

There are two different collecting locations with the first having an abundance of the Snowflake and plain black Obsidian. The first collecting location also offers larger rocks great for adding that extra beauty to your flower beds. The second location is the place to find the Mahogany Obsidian. The whole mountain side was just loaded with this beautiful shiny rock. When you think you found that perfect piece, you locate another more unique piece and then another. So plan on bringing home several pieces of this rock and if you have kids with you, plan on a large bag full. Collecting Obsidian is perfect for the kids as it is all over the ground. No special tools or experience is needed, just pick it up. I personally enjoyed watching the kids get so excited over their finds and the screams of "wow look at this piece".

Driving Directions:

Obsidian in the Black Rock Desert, Millard County

From the west edge of Delta, Utah, travel west on U.S. Highway 6/50 about 4.3 miles to the State Highway 257 junction. Turn south on highway 257 and travel approximately 43 miles to a BLM sign displaying "Kanosh 26" and a dirt road heading east. Once on this dirt road travel approx 2.5 miles to the first location. To get to the second site, drive another 4.5 miles east to the top of the pass, turn right on a dirt road leading to the quarry. This dirt road travels up hill to the parking area. While traveling on HWY 257 through the town of Deseret be sure to visit The Old Fort Deseret.

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