Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Marcus Ciderfest 2022

September 23rd, 2022

October 1st from 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday

Panorama Gem & Mineral Club are planning on being at the Marcus Ciderfest in a big way. Club has many rocks & mineral to sell and games to play once again this year. Plus members will have booths along with us and a opportunity to pick up some treasurers.

For the details about the Marcus Ciderfest click on this link:

Last year we raffled off over a cord of wood to two different winners each. Come by to see what we have this year or just to say howdy!

Visit our page from last year’s event here: Marcus Ciderfest 2021


October 8th, 2021




We had a Raffle to giveaway “one trailer (similar to the one in the photo) load of Firewood to the WINNER” for $1.00

Gene Fisher one of our members Donated from trees on his property.

We had various pieces of rock items for sale that had been donated to the club from members collections.

We had lots of help from members coming during the day and volunteering to give everyone a break, but also to pickup on some special rocks deals that caught their eye.

Our Wheel of Rock was a big hit with not only the kids for $0.25 a spin, but also the adult kids.

Every Spin was guaranteed to be a winner!

It was such a big hit that we ended up running out of polished rocks before the day was over!

Panorama Gem & Mineral Club

October 7th, 2021

Rockhounding in the Northeast Washington

Field Trip to Jim Creek

Site #1

We hiked up to Site #1 to see if we could find any Galena in White Marble Rocks with Jim Peters

Sheila at the bottom of Site #1 looking for the best spot to find Galena in the white crystalline marble.

Trail to Site #2 for Galena Samples was very difficult to reach from all debris blocking the path

DNR Story Maps

August 17th, 2018

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has a new “story map” series online that shows places to rockhound in Washington.
It also spells out the rules you should take into consideration for State, Federal and private land. Click on the Mineral and Fossil map option. The little spots on the map show collecting sites. You can zoom in to get a better idea of the locations but there are not always driving instructions or exact coordinates. What surprised me was that it shows many more collection sites for things like trilobites, fossils, petrified wood and gemstones than I knew about.

Field Trips and Newsletters

June 21st, 2018

The newsletters for May and June are now online.  Check the 2018 newsletter page for links.  Use the search function to find topics in previous newsletters.

There is a field trip scheduled to the LeFarge Quarry for Trilobites on Saturday July 28th.  Meet at the Tiger Store at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 31, 10 AM.  (New Place due to events in Ione.) This is one of the most popular trips of the year.  Be prepared for hot weather and splitting layers of rocks safely.

Saturday the 23rd of June There is a trip to the Flagstaff Mine near Northport.  Meet at the gas station at the north end of Northport at 10 AM to collect Barite Crystals.  Bring rock breaking tools.

We are going to the Railway Dike on July 7th to collect Beryl Crystals.  Meet at the Safeway parking lot in Chewelah at 10 AM.  Bring rock breaking tools.

You don’t need to be a member to go on trips with us.  Check out previous trips using the mine names or rock types in the search box on this website.

Field Trip to Horseshoe Mountain

June 16th, 2016

Oppose New National Monuments in California

February 5th, 2016

Reports Indicate that the President May Move to Make Designations in the California Desert

Despite legislation moving in both Houses of Congress, there are rumors that the Administration is considering National Monument designations in the California Desert. Please Take Action now to send an email urging the President NOT to move forward with these designations!

ARRA has previously alerted you that Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Cook (R-CA) each have introduced legislation (S. 414 and H.R. 3668) that would provide for the management of the lands being considered for National Monument designation.  These bills were developed over time and are the result of collaboration and compromise between various groups with often competing interests.   These bills call for a federal advisory committee with a seat to be filled by a Rockhound.  Yes, a named seat reserved for a Rockhound.

It is unlikely the Administration will designate the multiple OHV recreation areas designated as such in the Feinstein and Cook bills.  As for the areas that will be designated as National Monuments – while motorized recreation and other multiple uses are not specifically prohibited in National Monument areas, history has proven that even the most responsible multiple uses are banned or restricted once an area is designated. (No Rockhounding)  There will be no collecting of Biological, Geological, Historical or Minerals within these 3 National Monuments.  There goes the Cady Mountains, Afton Canyon, Lavic Siding, WIley Wells and most other collecting areas remaining in the California Deserts.

Please send an email urging you’re  Administration NOT to move forward with National Monument designations in the California desert!