Sunstone Mines Free Digging Area
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member hankpac
N 42° 43.400 W 119° 51.637
11T E 265784 N 4734061
Quick Description: Free (BLM) area for digging Oregon's Gemstone: Sunstones.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2013 2:23:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ71H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 1

Long Description:
NorthEast of Plush Oregon on a dirt road, is the Sunstone digging area. There are two or three commercial sites, nearby, but this is just east of those sites. Bring shovels, and buckets, and if you are a rock hound, screens etc, for sifting your fines, and separating your gems.
This stone is a feldspar opal like stone, with colors from copper staining. it can be faceted, and polished. The commercial sites have finished examples for sale.
Plush is the nearest place for food and water, etc. Small store. There is a hot springs nearby on Hart Mountain, and of course this is the gateway to the Oregon Outback. Amazing deserts, incredible sunsets, much wildlife.
Lakeview OR is also nearby, about 50 miles. Full service stores, and a Chamber of Commerce with information about the Sunstones, geysers, and hot springs around the area.
Welcome to Oregon deserts!
I have seen low cars out there, so a truck or 4WD isn't absolutely required.the road is washboard. there are no fees to park, for access, or to dig, except at the commercial sites nearby.
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Website reference: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
No specific requirements, just have fun visiting the waymark.
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