On our field trips we will usually be out in the desert so appropriate care must be observed.   

Some basic items you should bring:

  • Water, Water, Water
  • Whistle
  • Food (energy bars)
  • Hat / Sun Screen
  • TP (for those backwoods pit stops)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Comb (for removing cacti burs)

Please read all three pages.

The Arizona State Mine Inspector has a very nice website which contains some safety information for Rock Hounds.  The button below will link you to their document.


When on a field trip it can be nice to have some supplies to make your trip more enjoyable. 

Some basic items:

  • 5-gallon bucket (for collecting rocks)
  • Rock Hammer
  • Safety Glasses (rock chips may fly)
  • Safety Gloves
  • Spray Water Bottle (for washing off those dusty finds)

Some more advanced tools:

  • Cordless Hammer Drill / Feathering Wedges
  • Small Sledge / Rock Chisels
  • UV Flashlight (for finding rocks that fluoresce)
  • Magnet
  • Screens (for sifting to find smaller items such as fossils, gold, etc.)