Had an open Sunday so I decided to venture up to Devil’s Head Colorado to prospect in a new area that has much less digging than the typical Virgin’s Bath area. From my neighborhood, I could tell there was snow up on Devil’s Head and the Rampart Range but I decided to give it a try anyway. Worst case, I figured, I could hit an old site or even prospect some of the old mines that are on the map that I haven’t searched before.
Upon driving up the snow was covering the ground in the trees but the flatter, more open areas appeared to be snow free. I decided there was enough snow-free area to make it worth a prospecting hike. I headed a couple miles off of the road and started to see some good signs; but alas there was digging in the area where all looked good. All the digging was very old; but still it seems that there is no virgin ground around! I ended up finding a nice white quartz point in that area but decided to continue further off the beaten path.
A little after noon I found a snow-free spot that had some quartz shards that weren’t very crystallized but pretty clear; and some pegmatite so I started to dig. I ended up pulling an okay crystal of good size out (about 2.5″) and then a great looking microcline crystal; so I figured there could be some finds. I pulled out the camera and shot some video of the crystals I dug out. Check it out!
The sun started to get low on the horizon and behind the clouds and with the wind the nearly 40 degrees started to fall quickly; and the clouds were encroaching while flurries started. Given the car was about 2 miles uphill (much of it very steep) I decided to bury the hole and head out. Nearly an hour later I was heading out in a cloud/fog looming over Devil’s Head. All in all, a wonderful Sunday adventure, perhaps the last one of the season for this locale!
Bigger crystals than usual, the largest is about five inches!
Thanks to James for identifying the microcline (smaller of the two below) crystal as a Carlsbad Twin due to the 180 degree reversed twin!