Bixbyite, a rare iron-manganese oxide, occurs as black, metallic, euhedral crystals up to 3/8 of an inch across. The crystals are generally complex combinations of various isometric forms including cubes, octahedrons, and dodecahedrons.
Rutile is less common and appears as needle-like or bladed crystals up to 1/4 inch long. The amethyst crystals, ranging up to 1 inch in length, display excellent crystal form in various shades of purple.
The small size of the bixbyite and rutile is more than compensated for by the excellent crystal forms of these relatively rare minerals.
BLM collecting rules: The casual collector may take small amounts of gemstones and rocks from unrestricted federal lands in Utah without obtaining a special permit if collection is for personal, noncommercial purposes. Collection in large quantities or for commercial purposes requires a permit, lease, or license from the BLM. A hat and water are recommended, as are the following tools: safety glasses, a five-pound or larger sledge hammer, chisel, and newspaper or other suitable wrapping material. Have fun collecting!
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Marysvale has a strong mining history. Nearby mines of gold, silver and other metals brought early prosperity to the area when the miners came to town. Marysvale was officially made a town on April 6, 1914.
Marysvale is widely know for the ATV friendly attitude that the community holds so dear. Marysvale is one of the few places that you can access the trails right from your cabin, motel, RV Space, or your front door. Marysvale is just a short 3 mile drive to the world famous Big Rock Candy Mountain home of the Rock Candy Express bicycling train in the beautiful Marysvale Canyon. Marysvale Canyon is also home of some of the finest whitewater rafting the world has to offer. Marysvale is the home of the Original Biggest Little Rodeo in The World held every year on the 24th of July celebration. Also at the celebration is the ever popular Trout Rodeo. We flood the Dance Hall and release hundreds of live fish for the youngsters to catch with their bare hands. (what a sight) Marysvale is also close to Piute Reservoir, Otter Creek State Park, Fishlake, Puffers, and Labaron for some of the finest fishing Utah has to offer. Check out Marysvale Today!
You will find out that while we're in the country, we also have anything that a person would need as far as comfort goes. We have, right in Marysvale, Tugs One stop which has a little bit of everything, gas, groceries, beer, picnic stuff as well as harware for those fix it fast items that might need to be taken care of.
There are several great places to eat, such as Big Rock Candy Mountain Cafe with a variety of things to eat, including Buffalo Meat. Marysvale does have EMT's in case of emergency as well as not quite a half hour drive up the road to Richfield Utah, the Biggest Town in South Central Utah, we have Hospitals, several different Pizza places, as well as Chinese, Mexican and American Cafes to eat at. On Main Street Richfield is also the local show house with up to date Movies as well as Walmart, Kmart, Ace Hardware, you name the need I doubt if Richfield wouldn't have it.
Piute ATV Trail
This 275 mile trail is a loop with no beginning or end. It winds through beautiful, scenic countryside that should be enjoyed and taken in. The trail began using old roads and trails with new sections constructed to complete the loop. Early fall is a good time to ride the entire trail. After that time, some portions are closed. Many other parts remain closed until early summer. The highest point is 11,500 feet in the Tushar Mountains.
Candy Mountain Resort - Stay here and enjoy the surrounding areas and the many outdoor activities available. Here you have mountain climbing, maybe even find some gold in those mountains, or take a raft down for a little white water rafting. While Paiute County hasnít grown a lot in people, its grown a lot for the people that come, with several motels, hotels, bed and breakfast, and several cafes, as well as out door Bar-B-Que are provided.
Paiute Trail Resort, has some brand new cabins, as well as some of the older miners cabins. You can either have the breakfast, lunch or dinner that is served there, or you can cook out on your porch. Wild Deer come by at night as well as other night creatures.
An interesting article about things to do in the area
The old Silver King Mine is nearby.
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