White Fir Springs Oregon

• White Fir Springs is a public rockhounding site
• The area produces unique jasper-filled thundereggs

White Fir Springs in the Ochoco National Forest is a public digging area listed on the Central Oregon Rockhounding Map which is available for purchase. This site is one of many places in Central Oregon that has been set aside for recreational rock collecting.

The area produces unique thundereggs filled with yellow, beige, brown, reddish, or purple jasper cores. Some of the specimens might have multiple cores, containing tiny pieces of quartz crystals or rhyolite infusion. The sizes range from 1.5 to 5 inches.

White Fir Springs jasper eggs are quite different from agate-filled thundereggs found in other regions of Oregon. The most prized find would have colorful bright cores and interesting inclusions. Some eggs resemble materials from Bruneau Canyon in Idaho.

Despite the site is popular and has been visited for decades, it is still productive. Once you get into the rockhounding area, look for pits where other rockhounds have been digging. Continue digging old pits or start a new one. The overburden is only one to two feet thick. The soil is relatively soft and easy to dig with a shovel or pick. Also, you might need to use a hammer and chisel to free eggs from host rocks.

The site is bordered by Mill Creek Wilderness on the north. Rock collecting is not allowed on wilderness land.

The beautiful pine forest offers a great rockhounding and camping experience. Camping is allowed in the Ochoco National Forest. Also, White Rock Campground is located nearby. Please keep this place clean, pack out all your trash.

White Fir Springs Oregon

White Fir Springs Oregon

White Fir Springs Oregon

White Fir Springs

White Fir Springs: Camping, Lodging & Vacation Rentals

Camping is permitted in the Ochoco National Forest.

White Rock Campground, just 2 miles away, provides a convenient option for campers on a free first-come, first-served basis. This campground is equipped with amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and a vault toilet.

For those who prefer alternative accommodation, the city of Prineville, situated 27 miles southwest, offers a variety of affordable lodging options and vacation rentals.

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Prineville

Lodging in Prineville

White Fir Springs | Facts

Open: Best time: May-October
Managed by: US Forest Service - Ochoco National Forest

Rocks & Minerals: Jasper thundereggs
Tools: Shovel, geology pick, hammer, and chisel
Activities: Rockhounding, camping, and wildlife observing

Road access: A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is suggested
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 5,000 ft (1,524 m)

White Fir Springs is located:

  • 27 miles northeast of Prineville
  • 80 miles northeast of Bend
  • 219 miles southeast of Portland.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to White Fir Springs

From Prineville,

  • Take Highway 26 east and drive for about 20 miles to milepost 41
  • After milepost 41 go 0.4 miles to Forest Road 3350 (Wildcat Mountain Road)
  • Turn left onto NF 3350 and follow 4.9 miles (always take a left fork) to a dirt road NF 010 on the right (Look for signs "White Fir Springs Agate Beds")
  • You can park your car here and hike uphill 0.1 miles to the collection site.

GPS: N 44°24.418' W 120°33.123' | 44.407, -120.552

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