The Great Salt Plains Crystal Fields

While at the GreaIMG_1077[1]t Salt Lake State Park, we ventured over the salt flats for a day outing.  It looks so bare, but upon closer views, it is populated by migratory birds and a much-needed respite for them as they migrate.

We were lucky enough to not need digging gear (shovels, water or buckets) for  our Crystal mining trek.  It had rained heavily the nights before our outing and we simply walked the flats looking at other digs and found enough crystals for our collection.

The children digging in the salty sand found it a wonderful experience.  They squealed in unison at each crystal discovered.  They just knew that they would be rich selling their finds.  They proudly shared their experience and knowledge:

  • Holes should be 2 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep
  • The darker colored crystals are more valuable than the white
  • The hour-glass also adds value
  • The bigger the better
  • And a cluster is a real find!

Mothers warned to wear old clothes and sunscreen, lots of sunscreen.

This is truly a “one of a kind” place to visit and I hope to do so again!

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