About Me

I’m Teri Smith, and I lead rockhunting field trips to several locations in the Big Bend region of Texas.  In the past 15 years, I have led over 800 field trips, helping both novices and advanced rockhounds find agate and other collectible rocks.  I am able to take you to private ranches where there are abundant deposits of agate, jasper, petrified wood, calcite, selenite, aragonite, and fossils, and I will help you locate the best pieces for your collection, or show you how to start a collection.

TeriTeri and her Big Rock - Ritchie Ranch

For me rockhunting is a labor of love. I don’t make any money from it, unless you choose to give me a gratuity at the end of the hunt. All the fees collected go to the landowner or the Rollin’ Rock Club. I’m willing to take just one person or a whole group rockhunting.  During the cooler months (from about October 1 to May 31) I can often lead a trip or two whenever you can get out here, provided you can give me a week or 10 days’ notice.  You can also join a trip that’s already been set up.  Check the “Calendar” section of this website to see what’s been scheduled.  I don’t lead field trips in the summer months.  I also don’t lead field trips during mule deer hunting season, which runs from Thanksgiving to about December 10.

All of my rockhunts are sponsored by the Rollin’ Rock Club, and RRC membership is a requirement for the hunts, unless you belong to one of the Texas clubs which has declared that my field trips are official field trips for their club.  RRC membership is $10 -$16 per year and you can join at the time of the field trip.

If you belong to a Texas gem and mineral club, you probably know someone who has gone rockhunting with me.  If not, my rockhunts have been featured in articles in Rock & Gem magazine (May 2009 and September 2015) and Texas Highways (February 2010).  I’m also in the newest version of the Gem Trails of Texas book, written by Brad Cross.

I’m able to do all of this because I have a patient, loving family, and because our motel, the Antelope Lodge in Alpine, TX, is where a lot of rockhounds choose to stay.  There’s a link to the Lodge website in the Links section.

Feel free to browse around the website to see what the ranches and rockhunts are like, and view photos of some of the rocks that have been found out here.  Then email or call me to set up your own rockhunt!

If you are a Big Bend landowner, I can help you make money from the collectible rocks on your ranch.  See the “Landowners” section of this website for further information.

18 thoughts on “About Me

    • For several years, I was able to lead field trips on a ranch south of Marfa that had some fantastic bouquet agate on it. However, that ranch is now closed. I’m looking around for another ranch down there. Do you know anyone who has a ranch there, or have any ideas?

  1. Terri – we would love to go on a field trip with our girls. We have 85 acres down here in Terlingua where we live off-grid. We’re finding all types of rocks but really don’t know what we have out here. If you’re ever down here, we would love to have you out. There are some pics on our blog of what we’re finding.

  2. Met Teri on my last trip to W. Tx. and you couldn’t ask for a better guide. She’s very knowledgable and pleasant. Hope to make the trip again soon.

    • Hi! I’ve just posted my schedule for the Fall of 2015. My first rockhunt will be on Wednesday, October 7th, at the South Larremore Ranch.

  3. George Colvin
    Just got home San Antonio, started reviewing finds and am impressed. A frend and I were with you the last two days on two different ranches one near Terlingua and the other in Alpine.
    We found geodes, an oster, banded agets, red green and yellow aget and petrified sharks’ teeth. A person in our party even found an almost perfect arrowhead. We did find imperfect or parts of some arrowheads. We found everything you showed us to look for.
    Thanks

  4. Is this a good hunt for beginning rock hunters? I’m not interested in sluicing, I want to hunt my own rocks. Thanks

    • All of the rockhunts I lead are hunts where you find your own rocks on the ground (and occasionally partly buried). There’s not much, if any, digging required, or sluicing, or rock breaking. Just wandering around and picking up great rocks! I’ll show you what the good ones look like and critique the first bunch you find if you wish to help you find the best ones possible. Which rocks are good ones can vary depending upon what you intend to do with them once you have them, and upon your personal taste.

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