My buddy Terry introduced me to Devil’s Head locality back in 2009 through his friend Bill, who is a long time Picker all over Colorado. Thanks to Bill I’ve had a ton of fun pickin’ here! We’ve been wanting to meet up for years but one thing or another has prevented it from happening, until now! Terry and I took a Friday off of work and headed up to Devil’s Head first thing in the morning. There was a fresh snow earlier in the week and we figured there would be some left in the shady spots; but not enough to ruin a good weekend camp trip. Well, there was a little more snow than we thought, about 3-4″ in the road going in, but it was supposed to be a gorgeous weekend so we decided a little snow wouldn’t hurt us.
I had all the camp spots scouted out in the area and there was one I always have been fond of, and luckily because of the early season and Friday morning (and covered in snow!) it was available. All these campsites are first come first serve. We parked and Terry started to set up camp while I dug snow away from where we wanted our tents.
Bill brought a friend Cliff who was a first time picker and they met us later that evening. The day was gorgeous and we had a wonderful weekend camping trip. We picked two days, one day at a spot that I have had luck in the past and one that Bill had luck with many years back. At my spot we found some crystals but nothing super. The second day I bumped into a small seam of small, root beer gemmy crystals.
It was a great weekend and Bill had some useful tips that he shared from his decades of experience. I went up the following weekend to finish up a spot but didn’t have any luck. Overall, a wonderful camping weekend early in the season, and a beautiful view from our campsite. Also, some nice smaller gemmy crystals to bring home.