Saturday, May 8, 2010

AFMS Field Trip - Lavic Siding

Thursday, June 24 Field Trip - Join us at Lavic Siding, in the heart of the Mojave! Weather can be unpredictable but expect it to be warm to really, really warm. We will be collecting the world famous Lavic jasper, which comes in a multitude of colors and can be brecciated, layered or solid with veins of white, black or blue agate.


  • When: 10 AM, Sat., June 24, 2010
  • Where: Lavic Siding
  • Material: Jasper
  • Meet: hotel/restaurant parking lot in Ludlow south of
    I-40, where waiver-of-liability forms will be signed
  • What to bring: collecting bags/buckets, rock hammer,
    spray bottles, lunch & lots of water

The jasper has been found in red, black, yellow, gold, green, purple, or any combination and range from tumble-sized to football-sized. Other materials at this site may include agates and jaspers with sections of multi-shaded pink opal. Most is found as float.

Nearby is Pisgah Crater, a young volcano with an extensive lava field. This site covers a vast area between the Pisgah Crater lava fields, the railroad tracks, and the dry lake.

From the meeting spot we will caravan west to a safe crossing over the tracks, then explore various spots. This widespread field offers no shade.

Gas and food are available in Ludlow. While the roads are traversable in most high-clearance sedans, high-clearance trucks and SUVs are highly recommended.

For stay-overs, this general area also offers the southern Cady’s for a wide variety of material, a nearby obsidian field, Dish Hill for peridot, trilobites and the Hector Hills for chalcedony, opal and agate. Bring your rock collecting guides. For these other sites, 4wd is recommended but high clearance mandatory. Stay-overs may camp at a number of undeveloped sites or at the hotel in Ludlow. Treat the desert with respect: tread lightly and pack it in/pack it out.

To register for this Field Trip email your name, number in your party, and your phone number to Robyn Hawk at robynahawk (at)

Submitted by Field Trip leader: Jay Valle

Adapted from CFMS Newsletter, April 2009, Field Trips South article