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To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, NPLD is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some boating, hiking, fishing, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, we invite you to take this day to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the lands that give us so much.  September 30 and November 11-12: Fee-Free Days on BLM-managed Public Lands (National Parks and USFS September 30, 2017)

Please Note: BLM Links may not currently work.  The BLM is re-building their websites and there are some minor problems to be worked out.  When the websites are working the ALAA Links will also be updated to the new website information.

Fieldtrip Journal for Public Lands - NEW 2019

  • This is the simple Journal to document your Fieldtrip Activities and record the access routes needed to get to and from collecting sites.  Download and print this PDF file by clicking here! 
  • This data will be useful when asked to submit comments to Public Land Managers during the Public Comment Period on potential Public Land Access Closures proposals.  Your information could save your collecting sites from route closures and access restrictions.....

National Parks Entrance Fees May NOT be Going UP  ~  New Info - April 11, 2018

17 National Public Parks would charge a premium entry fee during their peak season, more than doubling the current cost of a single-visit entry to $70!

  • You Have A Voice - Are you willing to use it?  See how to use your voice here! (Western Slope No Fee Coalition)
  • The parks involved, along with their peak season when the increase would be in effect are:
  • May 1-September 30 for Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park 
  • June 1-October 31 for Acadia National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park 
  • January 1-May 31 for Joshua Tree National Park

The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:

Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day


Additional Info

 Current Desert Temperatures in the Southwest

Recreational Rockhounding on Public Lands - What is legal? Here is the Definition 

Contact the Department of the Interior (DOI) Added 4-14-2017

NEW: The Greater Sage-grouse NOT Listed as endangered Read the announcement - September 21, 2015

Urgent News:  Final Rule released for collecting Fossils in National Forrests Effective date is May 18, 2015

NEWAnalysis of DRECP on Rockhounding in California Deserts

NEW: Latest Information on Importing, Possession, Sale of African Elephant Ivory.  See Public Service/Info page.  August 1, 2015

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Once again Rockhounds gather in Quartzsite, Arizona on January 20, 2019 to remove litter and trash from our public lands. Our sixth annual Quartzsite ALAA- Rockhound Clean-Up took place at Dome Rock Road just west of Quartzsite.  Though three tons of trash was not collected there was over ten large bags collected.   The trash was secured and stacked by the side of the road for later collection and transport by our BLM Partners to the appropriate disposal site.

Among the Rockhounds participating this year were from the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies (NFMS), Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (RMFMS) and the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS).                                                                                                                                                      

Lauren Williamsn of IdahoLauren Williams ALAA Vice President from Idaho (NFMS) attends his 7th Quartzsite Clean-Up!

Susy Martin from California (CFMS) H.E.L.P.s  clean up the Desert Landscape for the 7th Year in Quartzsite.

Marty of Arizona (RNFMS)Recreational Rockhound, Marty Droughty from Arizona (RMFMS) brings in his second bag for the clean Up this year. 

Troy Smith from Oregon (NFMS) fills his 2nd bag for the ALAA Quartzsite Roadside Clean Up for 2019.

The Last BagLenora Smith and Tomoko Kira of Oregon (NFMS) add the last bag of Roadside Trash to the  pile for another successful ALAA-Rockhound Quartzsite Litter and Trash Clean Up.

Hidemi Kira leabes a note for the BLMHidemi Kira of Oregon (NFMS) leaves a final note for the BLM as the close of the 7th Annual ALAA-Rockhound Public Lands Trash and Litter Clean-Up comes to an end.

Thank you to all of the Recreational Rockhounds who made this year’s Quartzsite area Public Land Clean up a success. We look forward to seeing more Rockhounds and concerned Citizens in 2020.   American Lands Access Association

ARE YOU WILLING TO DO A BLM/FORESTRY CLEAN-UP by Shirley Leeson ALAA Ambassador and  Past President


Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
Oct. 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Tyson Wells Market Center Swap Meet
Oct 01, 2018 -April 1, 2019

Grease Wood Swap Meet
November 2018 - April, 2019

Desert Gardens - Gem & Mineral
January 01 - February 28, 2019

Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - February 27, 2019

Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade - Town Park

QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals & jewelry Show
January 16 - January 20, 2019

ALAA 7th Annual Rockhound-BLM Clean Up
January 20, 2019 - 09:30 am MST
Location is Dome Rock Road Area just west of Quartzsite 

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 04 - January 13, 2019

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 18 - January 27, 2019

Tyson Wells - Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)
January 19 - January 27, 2019

Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
February 01 - February 10, 2019

Gold, Treasure & Craft Show - QIA 9 am - 5 pm
February 8 - 10, 2019 tbc

Quartzsite Quilt Show - Quartzsite SR Center
February 1 - 2, 2019 tbc

Quartzsite Gold Show
February 8-10, 2019 QIA building. Friday - Saturday 9-4 Sunday.

Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/cities/az/quartzsite.html#ixzz5N7a1W7Ow  

See Ya’ There!


IVORY and ROCKHOUNDS (See H.R.226 1-12-2017)


Interactive Map of Public Lands Use Fees

 "NEW PAGE" - Rockhound Safety in the Field and Lapidary Shop

New Page - Rock Pictures - Closed Collecting Sites

Links to Rockhounding and Lapidary Sites

  • "New rules for meteorite hunters unveiled" (Space.com, 10/11/12)
    BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182. "provides guidance to the BLM’s field office managers for administering the collection of meteorites on public lands in three 'use categories,' said Derrick Henry, a public affairs specialist for BLM in Washington, D.C. ... 'The policy recognizes that there is interest in collecting meteorites by hobbyists … but it also is recognition that there are science and commercial interests as well' ... It is the first time the BLM has formally addressed rules regarding collection of meteorites on public lands".
  • Rear More................
  • BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182
  • FAQ ~ Meteorite Collecting on Public Land  (PDF)

This Website is an informational website for Rockhounds containing information on current and proposed legislation and regulations.  It contains information of interest pertaining to the hobby of  collecting of rocks, minerals and fossils. It is continually in a state of being revised and tries to maintain the latest information on subjects of interest to the Rockhounding Community. If you, the user, know of any legislation, regulation or points of interest to Rockhounding. Please contact us with the information you feel is of interest and it will be investigated for posting.  Contact can be made though the following email addresses. webmaster@amlands or Contact ALAA Enjoy the Website and Thank You for your support.

As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit the Membership Page to fund our efforts to help preserve your collecting areas!

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Greater Sage-grouse Issues in Western US & Rockhounding..... Up-Date June 22, 2017


"ALAA advocates accessible and sustainable consumption of natural resources that comply with current laws and regulations on Federal and State Managed Public Lands by Amateur Rock, Mineral and Fossil collectors."

Government Websites of Interest to Rockhounding  ** NEW **

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This Corporation is organized and shall be operated as a nonprofit corporation exclusively for the promotion of social welfare as that term is used in section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provisions of any future federal income tax laws, with the specific purpose to promote and ensure the right of amateur collecting and recreational mining, and the use of public and private lands for educational and recreational purposes.

ALAA’s goal is to provide current information to the Rockhound Community on issues affecting access to existing and potential collecting sites. To provide advice and means to contact Public Land Managers and Legislators on actions affecting Recreational Collecting Activities of interest to the Rockhound Community.       ALAA has become an organization that is present wherever there are hobbyists and recreational users of our public lands whose interests and concerns are not being heard or are being jeopardized by proposed policy, regulation or legislation at the local, state and federal level.

The American Lands Access Association is dedicated to the protection of the rights of the casual collector of rocks, minerals and fossils.

 ALAA, the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the 7 Regional Federations do not condone the collecting  of any type of specimens where collecting is against Federal, State or local laws, regulations, statues or ordnances.   Federation Members adhere to the AFMS Land Use Polices and the AFMS Code of Ethics while engaged in collecting of rocks, minerals or fossils.  The collecting of any vertebrae fossils on any federal lands is against federal law. The following is an account of one such incident. Read the Story

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