Doņa Ana County, New Mexico
February 21, 2004
By Dave Timpany
Above is a pan of the clay balls containing peridot. Research says peridot from here is better than gem quality from San Carlos, but finding facet size material is difficult. Everything I found was less than 1/4 ct. Mostly sand size that fell right through a 1/16" screen.
This is a very desolate spot. The picture below is looking up at the rim from the crater floor.
The crater floor is scrub desert.
After the rest at top I found a jeep trail leading to the spot I climbled down. I could had driven there!!! daa!!! There were also quad runner tracks in the crater. Apparantly there is a better trail into the crater.
I would like to go back and camp in the crater for a few days. There is soo much area to explore and try to find larger peridot. I have no doubt there are larger pieces. With a rim of 1.5 miles across and with all of the rough sides there remains over 5 miles of baseline to prospect.
One word of warning is to take a 4 WD to this place. The roads are rough and sand drifts across them a lot. Another toy to take would be a quad runner to pack in your gear. These ol' bones just don't work like they used too.