Rockhounding and fossil hunting in the American Plains
May 24, 2010 7:58 AM Subscribe
Where should we rockhound and fossil hunt on our road trip through the Midwest and Great Plains states?
posted by arabelladragon to travel & transportation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Later this summer, we have a rough idea to drive from Pittsburgh to St. Louis to Denver/Boulder to Fossil Butte to Yellowstone to the Badlands to Minneapolis to Chicago to back home.
We're set on what to do in the Badlands and the major cities along the way (thanks, Ask!) but it's between the cities where we're lost.
1) Where along the way should we hop off the interstate for legal rock hounding and fossil hunting? We're good on Indiana sites but not the rest. We have long enough for this road trip that we don't mind going off interstate for extended periods.
2) Dinosaur Monument is pretty far out of our way. Should we go anyway? We have extended family in Phoenix, so we'll probably do a Utah road trip from there some day.
3) While we're discussing it, what else between cities might we not want to miss? Other interests include ecosystem-gazing, hiking, photography, looking at art, and peoplewatching.