Quartz Crystal Pocket

large quartz crystal

I recently found a fun quartz crystal pocket which was a ton of fun to dig. It took 3 trips–3 different days–to get to the pocket’s end. This pocket experienced several growth periods as many were healed (the side that was originally attached broke off and points grew on that broken side) and 2 to 3 different secondary coatings grew. Underneath all the overgrowth the crystals are gemmy.

The bottom of the pocket grew in a pool of mud and much of crystals have a layer of mud on at least half of the sides that can only be removed by blasting it with media. Under that layer the crystals are dull and etched so it isn’t worth the effort to remove.

In the videos I try to describe what I’m finding and how I’m following the crystal trail. The start of the second video shows how I determined where to dig on day 2. The end of video 3 shows some of the finds “all cleaned up”.


  1. Hi there! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing, I’ve been following this log on and off for a few years. These videos are great. I’m totally getting the itch to get out and do some digging now that the weather is getting better and things should be melting off. If you don’t mind me asking, what general area was this pocket in? I get out to Devils Head / Rampart Area pretty often when the weather permits.. Thanks again for sharing your adventures! -Mike

      1. Thanks, and yes I always check and map out claims before heading out to Rampart, as there are plenty out there!

  2. Dave,
    Excellent videos, thanks. Very nice pocket, happy to see you and your dad enjoying the wonders of Mother nature.
    Curious, Devils Head area or LG claims?
    If ya ever have spare time in the Spring be happy to show you a few finds.

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