Cerro Gordo Field Trip Report
May 28, 2011


by Adam Dean
CFMS Field Trips - South Co-Chair- 2011



Cerro Gordo Field Trip, June 26 2011
By Adam Dean

The day started with a cool breeze, and Many Rockhounds were ready to go collecting. We all met at Leeís Chevron on the south end of town to sign the waiver and head out to collect.

Fifty-four Rockhounds mounted up to caravan across the valley floor and ascend a steep canyon to a high mountain top mine (The Cerro Gordo). The drive thru the canyon was awesome, the geology was breathtaking and the views from the mine could not have been better. There were many people that had been there in the past and came back for more fun.

We found many items in the tailings. I found a nice piece of Smithsonite and a piece of Galena.  Teresa found some nice yellow Calcite, apple green Smithsonite and a collared lizard to photograph.

If you do go to Cerro Gordo donít forget to check out the old hotel and Museum, some very outstanding places of history. The mine is only open one day a year to collectors, so you want to put this on your list for next year! Below I have included some links to web sites with info about Cerro Gordo, this was very insightful and interesting.

This was a great trip, we got to spend time with some good friends collecting, meet some new friends and came home with a couple rocks, it does not get much better! I look forward to seeing all of you on future trips.

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I wanted to express may thanks to FRANCIS, FRANCEE and RAY of Lone Pine for inviting the CFMS on this collecting trip.

Here are some links for the mine, where you can read more about the history of this world famous mine.

http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ca/cerrogordo.html
http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/cerro_gordo1/page43.html
http://mojavedesert.net/mining-history/cerro-gordo/
http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/cerro_main.html