Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

• Hampton Butte is well-known for green petrified wood

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Hampton Butte has long been a popular collecting site for rockhounds who are interested to find petrified wood with a unique green color. The 120-acre rockhounding area, located 12 miles northeast of Highway 20 near the unincorporated community of Brothers, is listed on the Central Oregon Rockhounding Map which is available for purchase.

The specimens here are white, gray, black, and yellow but the most prized ones range from turquoise to dark green colors that are probably caused by iron or copper inclusions. The wood appears as petrified wood or limb casts where original structures were replaced by agate, jasper, or common opal. Agate and jasper can be found here as well.

This site has been visited frequently by rockhounds in past years but you still can find tumbler-size materials on the surface. Digging one to two feet below the surface with a shovel or pick would yield larger pieces of wood. The soil is relatively soft. Avoid digging under trees and around tree roots.

Not every piece you find will polish pretty well, there are a lot of porous materials.

The site is surrounded by BLM lands on the north and east with private property on the west and south.

A beautiful Juniper forest covers Hampton Butte offering a great rockhounding and camping experience in the shady area. The site is extremely popular because of an easy access and great materials that found here. Please keep this place clean, pack out all your trash.

Hampton Butte: Camping, Lodging, & Vacation Rentals

Primitive camping is allowed throughout public BLM land.

If you're prefer for more comfortable accommodations, consider lodging in Bend, 65 miles east or Prineville, 70 miles northeast.

Lodging in Bend

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Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay in Bend

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

Hampton Butte Rockhounding Area | Facts

Best time: May through October
Managed by: Bureau Land of management (BLM)

Rocks & Minerals: Petrified wood, limb casts, agate and jasper
Tools: Shovel, geology pick

Activities: Rockhounding, camping, and wildlife observing

Distance from the parking: Vary
Road access: A high-clearance 4WD vehicle
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 4,800 ft (1,463 m)

Hampton Butte is located:

  • 23 miles northeast of Brothers
  • 65 miles east of Bend
  • 195 miles southeast of Salem.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Hampton Butte

From Bend,

  • Follow 50 miles east on Highway 20 to Van Lake Road
  • Turn left (north) onto Van Lake Road between mileposts 52 and 53 and drive 10.7 miles to Price-Twelve Mile Road
  • Turn right onto Price-Twelve Mile Road and continue for about 2.3 miles.

Collection areas are located for the next 0.3 miles on both sides of the road. You can take one of the dirt roads on the left and find your collection site.

GPS: N 43°51.418' W 120°15.265' | 43.856967, -120.254417

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