Headed up to Devils Head Colorado in late May on a gorgeous spring day to test my luck with finding Smoky Quartz crystals. I decided to visit a location I had luck with on Thanksgiving 2013 to see if the pegmatite continued on into a bigger pocket.
I started by digging more into the harder country rock directly behind where the pocket from last year pinched out. I went about 5 feet (of hard rock digging) around that area and found nothing of interest. Then I decided to head the other direction, which was piled with tailings and pegmatite rocks so I had some housecleaning to do. Immediately upon getting below the surface I pulled out a microcline that looked good…probably less than 2 inches below ground. I took another scrape with the shovel to remove sticks and top soil and a girthy 2 inch smoky popped out of the ground! This is the closest pocket to the surface I have ever found, the pocket bottomed out about 4-5 inches deep!
I took some video pulling out medium sized smoky quartz from this small pocket. As quickly as it started, it ended. I dug for 5-7 feet more but determined that the pegmatite at that point would have been above the current ground level. It was getting late and I was several miles from the car, so I buried the hole, packed up and hiked out.
Upon thinking about this more, I will pay another visit to this area and start prospecting down the hill for float that may have come out of the seam over the millions of years of erosion in this location (usually I find float and dig uphill towards the hopeful pocket). Never thought of doing this before so we’ll see if this twist on my normal routine pays out. ???