Contact and Links


Contact me by telephone:

(432) 386-3431 cell
(432) 837-2451 Antelope Lodge
(432) 837-1026 home

I have an email list that I send rockhunt announcements to in addition to posting them on this website.  To join, just send me an email.

Contact me by email here:


The Antelope Lodge, where great rockhunts start

Gem Clubs:

East Texas Gem and Mineral Society

Big Bend Area Resources:

The Stillwell Ranch south of Marathon, TX, near Big Bend National Park, where you can find agate, petrified wood, jasper, and other mineral specimens. You can go on a guided trip with Teri Smith, or go on your own if you wish. Open October to April.

Other rockhound websites.  These folks are all my friends, great rockhunters and talented lapidaries.  Their collections have been acquired over many years, and are really spectacular.  And they’re great photographers, too!

Preston Adcox’s Shaped Stones

Steve Ivie’s Rockhounding USA

Matt Dillon’s Flickr Page

Some other creative uses for agate, petrified wood, and other stones:

Patty Reagan who makes pictures out of rough rock.

And a couple of websites that have lists of “fee dig” rockhunting locations in Texas and all around the country. Although my links go directly to the list of fee dig sites, remember to look at the rest of these great websites: which is a great resource about which gems, minerals, and rocks can be found in Texas, and where to go to find them yourself. which has lots of information for rockhunters. which has great blog and good products.

7 thoughts on “Contact and Links

  1. We would like some info on the rock collecting. We live in victorville, ca
    mailing add. Is 17868 Hwy 18 #402
    Apple valley, ca 92307

    • HI! If you’re looking for information about rockhunting in California, go to my links page and click on Steve Ivie’s Rockhounding USA page, or paste this link into your browser: If you’re looking for information on rockhunting in West Texas, I’d like to know more specifically what you’re interested in. Generally, there are differences between rockhunting in Texas and in other Western states because almost all of Texas is private land, and the rest is in state or national parks where you cannot hunt rocks. In states such as California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, where there is National Forest and BLM land, the rules vary among the agencies responsible for the land, and your best option is to join a club and go on field trips with them while you learn the rules that apply to a specific area. Most rockhunting locations on public lands can be accessed for free or for a small permit fee.

      In Texas, you need to find a ranch that is open for rocklhunting on a periodic basis, or a guide like me who can take you on private ranches. There are two ranches in the Big Bend that have been historically open for rockhunting without a guide, the Woodward Ranch and the Stillwell Ranch, but both of them are currently up for sale so I can’t tell you for certain that they will be open in the future.

      I am a fieldtrip guide who can take you on other private ranches. These ranches are only open for rockhunting when I am there with a group of rockhunters. My deal with the ranch owners is that they get the money from the rockhunts and I get to go rockhunting for free. For that privilege, I am responsible to the landowner for your safety, and the safety of their land and livestock. I am responsible to you to ensure that you are safe, have a good time and find what you are looking for. Because they are privately-owned land, ranches in Texas charge for their rockhunts, but there’s more material easy to find because fewer people have been rockhunting on them.

      this doesn’t answer your questions, please reply and I’ll be glad to help if I can.

  2. HI Teri! I have been on several of your guided trips over the years. A couple to the Richie Ranch and last year south of Marfa The Singleton I think it was. Anyway next month I’ll be speaking to our club about the Alpine-Big Bend area. It is a fantastic thing that you do for us rockhounds. Others may not but I remember when you first came to Alpine and all the work that you have done with the local ranchers. A hard nut to crack but being true to you word has opened many of them up. Thanks for giving us places to find good rocks and good times.

  3. Hello Teri,
    We are currently staying in Marfa until 7/21. I am here with family and would like to take my daughter, 10yrs, and niece, 8yrs, on a rock hunt. This would be our first hunt, but we love beautiful rocks. Please advise.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Veronica! I don’t lead field trips in the summer, because it’s too hot and the rattlesnakes are out. But there are lots of road cuts that are available which have great rocks in them. You can find agate that’s predominately black, white, and blue on Highway 169 south of Marfa. From Marfa, take Highway 67 south towards Presidio. Pass the Border Patrol check point, and turn left on Highway 169. Go until the bluffs that are on the right side of the road are very close (about 12 miles). From that point on you can find agate on both sides of the road. But be careful for snakes: don’t put you hands or feet anyplace you can’t see!

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