Campout at the Dugway Geode Beds
The Dugway Geode Beds not only offers rock hounding opportunities for the beautiful Geodes but the location is great for a weekend campout. There is an abundance of recreational activities such as ATV trails, wildlife viewing, shooting, hiking, and of course rock hounding. The trip to the beds is an adventure in itself as you travel down the historical Pony Express Trail and pass through several historical locations such as the Pet Cemetery and Simpson Springs.
The wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant as you will have the chance of sighting Antelope, Mule Deer, Wild Horses, Foxes, Coyotes, Badgers and more. The rolling hills around the beds offer several locations to set up camp. While we were setting up camp we were amazed on how close the Antelope would graze around us, which provided some excellent viewing opportunities.
The first part of the day we collected beautiful Geodes in a brand new pit. There were Geodes laying all over the ground and for those that are willing to put forth some effort you could dig them right out of the dirt wall. Collecting for full unbroken Geodes was easy and fun for the whole family. The most exciting part is breaking them open to reveal the treasure inside!
After a nice day collecting Geodes we decided to head back to camp just before night fall. As we set in our chairs and relaxed by the campfire were treated with a beautiful sunset across the desert valley. After a good night sleep we were awakened by the sound of hackling Coyotes. To some, this may be unnerving but to us this was the opportunity to get out of bed and try to locate the Coyotes for some photo opportunities. The illusive Coyotes once again kept their reputation and slipped away in the vast stretches of Utah’s West Desert.
If you’re searching for a location to get away from it all try the Dugway Geode Beds. Please be prepared and take plenty of water, spare tires, extra gas, first aid kit, cell phone and more. Be sure to bring you camera along for beautiful desert photo opportunities.
How to get there: From Salt Lake City take I-80 westbound until you reach the Tooele turnoff (exit 99). Travel south on Highway 36 for about 40.5 miles to the Pony Express Road (which is the dirt road just past Faust). Turn west (right) and proceed 50.1 miles on the Pony Express Road to the Dugway geode bed turnoff. Turn north (right), proceed up the dirt road and look for recent diggings.
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