TRIP LOCATION: The Hauser Geode Beds/Wiley Well District is 10 miles southwest of Blythe, CA and is one of the most popular collecting areas on the Colorado Desert.
WHEN: Thanksgiving Weekend, November 22-25, 2018. There will be folks camping most of the week. Please indicate which days you will be attending so no one gets left behind. You do not need to attend all four days.
SPONSORS: El Cajon Valley Gem and Mineral Society
DIRECTIONS TO CAMPSITE:: From the 10 Freeway, exit on Wiley Well Road (approximately 14 miles west of Blythe, Ca.), turn south from the freeway, Around a mile or two down the road, the pavement will turn towards the prison on the right. Don’t follow that road; stay straight onto the dirt road. Stay on this dirt road about 12 miles until you see the sign for the “HAUSER GEODE BEDS” which is past the roads for the Fire Agate Mine and the Coon Hollow. Turn right onto the dirt trail heading west and the campsite is about a quarter mile west of Wiley’s Wells Road. Watch for the ECVGMS signs.
Each day we will leave camp (N[masked] W[masked]) at 8:30 am and return in the late afternoon except on Thanksgiving Day when we will be back in time for our Feast at 3:00 pm. Be sure to carry your lunch and water when we go to the collecting sites, we will not come back to camp during the day.
VEHICLES: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not a “must” for this trip, but is highly recommended. No low-clearance vehicles advised. A 4-wheel drive vehicle “is” necessary to get to some of the locations. We will make arrangements for those without a 4-wheel drive to ride with those who do. These sites are remote, so bring food, water and all required supplies. The nearest stores are in Blythe, California. On the way out remember to top off the gas tank in Imperial County.
CAMPGROUNDS & FACILITIES: This is a dry camping area, no water, no services, no hookups, no toilets. There is a dump station at the rest stop at the Wiley Well exit off I-10; however, there is no potable water. Blythe has a free dump station and good water 2-blocks south of I-10 at the Lovkin Ave. exit. Blythe is also good place to get food, supplies, ice and gasoline. It is approximately 25 miles from Blythe to the campsite. There are numerous good motels in Blythe with a wide range of rates. The closest town to the campsite is Palo Verde, approximately 16 miles through Coon Hollow and over the Mule Mtns. There is a convenience store (food, etc.), gasoline, a couple of restaurants and rock shop in Palo Verde, the road is okay for 4-wheel drive vehicles but not 2-wheel drive vehicle.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Do not lick the rocks, use sun screen, stay away from rattlesnakes, use bug spray, be extra careful, team up with a buddy and don't get lost.
CLIMATE & WEATHER: We are planning on nice weather—sunny days; cool, clear, star filled nights. But remember it can rain this time of year so be prepared and plan ahead.
MATERIAL TO COLLECT:Geodes and a large variety of miscellaneous fossils, limestone, jasper, petrified wood, agates, rhyolite, black agate.
TOOLS: Sturdy bags, hard rock tools, water spray bottle, safety glasses and gloves. It may be wise to carry a first-aid kit. I also recommend a dust mask as the volcanic ash may irritate your lungs.
CLOTHING: Wear clothing in layers as it can be very warm during the day and extremely cold at night. Bring extra jackets and blankets.
To learn more, please come to our 11/9/18 meeting.