Graveyard Point Rockhounding

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• Graveyard Point is famous for its unique plume agates

Graveyard Point is a vast Eastern Oregon area in Owyhee Canyon along the Oregon-Idaho border. The name comes from the small cemetery in the town of Homedale in Idaho. The Graveyard Point stone monument sits not far from the route to the collecting site.

The area is well-known for its extensive deposit of seam agate found throughout a few hundred acres of high desert and hills. Numerous agate veins formed in basalt cracks can be up to 18 inches thick and up to 40 feet long. The cavities in the cracks are filled with clear chalcedony, plume-like inclusions, and potential black dendrites. Typically, the chalcedony background is clear or light blue but sometimes light amber, reddish, or dark gray specimens can be found.

Most of the area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and open for rock collecting but there are many mining claims. So, watch for posted signs marked by PVC pipes or wooden posts and follow BLM rules and regulations.

Though this site has been very popular for many years, rockhounds can still find excellent specimens.

There are a lot of floats on the surface but for larger and better quality pieces you need to find a vein, grab your geological pick, and do your mining work.

Look where other rockhounds have been digging and check hillsides or veins exposed after closed mine operations.

Besides plume agates, rock collectors can find other varieties of agates, quartz, petrified wood, limb cast, picture jasper, and jasper.

Graveyard Point Monument
Graveyard Point Monument
Graveyard Point Rockhounding
Surface Finding
Graveyard Point Plum Agate
Graveyard Point Polished Slab
Graveyard Point Rockhounding
Graveyard Point Floats

Graveyard Point Rockhounding Area | General Description

Best time: May through October
Managed: BLM

Rocks & Minerals: Plume agate, other varieties of agates, quartz, petrified wood, limb cast, picture jasper, and jasper
Tools: Shovel, geology pick, hammer, and chisel

Activities: Rockhounding, camping, and wildlife observing
Accommodations: Camping is allowed on BLM land

Distance from the parking: Vary
Road access: A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is suggested
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Low to moderate
Elevation: 2,600 - 2,800 ft (792 - 853 m)

Graveyard Point is located:

  • 48 miles west of Boise
  • 282 miles west of Bend
  • 400 miles northwest of Portland.

Adventure Nearby

From Homedale in Idaho,

  • Take Highway 95 and follow 3 miles south to Graveyard Point Road
  • Turn right onto left Graveyard Point Road and follow about 4 miles west to Sage Road; for the stone monument, continue 0.5 miles on Graveyard Point Road straight to the monument on the right
  • Turn left onto Sage Road and go 0.9 miles to a bridge across South Canal
  • Cross the bridge; two right and left roads are private drives, so choose the second left dirt road and continue for 2 miles on the main track.

From this point, you can go straight and then northwest along Succor Creek or on the left (south). Explore the desert along the road for floats and old diggings and also check hills and ridges.

GPS (for directions): N 43°33.554' W 117°02.066' | 43.559233, -117.034433

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