Resources in New Mexico

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Resources in New Mexico

N8iveguy
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April 8th, 2014, 8:43 pm #1

Hey all hows everyone doing? Weathers finally warming here in new mexico so that means time to go out once again looking for plants and rocks lol . well any way i'm trying to find areas to collect some materials for knapping. Close by to where i live is abiquiu (good place to find chert). i've been using glass, tv glass, and toilet tanks as a substitute. Along where i farm there is alot of obsidian flakes and what not sometimes even find big enough pieces to work with the bigger chunks aren't as great full of minerals and junk. so anyway who here can tell me where to find some materials i know obsidian, chert and basalt are knappable but what other materials are out there? i have a truck so i can get into those out of the way spots if you guys will share with me? But please all if you could provide me with some information on sites where i can collect in NM that would be awesome! even around the bordering states if you know where there are collecting sites please let me know.
well thank you everyone for this great forum learning alot from you guys! Thanks again everyone hope y'all have a great day 
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knapperzack
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April 12th, 2014, 11:39 pm #2

I'm pretty sure New Mexico has different types jasper. If you want to find obsidian, look up; obsidian in new mexico. It may take you to an obsidian source map. That's how i found my obsidian source here in California. Hope I could help!
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Jareddscott73
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May 25th, 2014, 4:46 am #3

Hello there's a obsidian called frogs back and it a really cool green color and in the creeks there should be some jasper in that area
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chief joe
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April 22nd, 2016, 3:58 pm #4

The elusive bullseye jasper is in NM... not sure where, but if you find it I'll bring you a load of dacite from near Riley OR to trade... boulders there the size of small cars! If you want higher quality obsidian the drive to Glass Buttes OR would be well worth it. Davis Creek CA is right across the border and has the best rainbow obsidian.
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April 22nd, 2016, 5:59 pm #5

There's a lot of obsidian around Los Alamos. There's supposed to be a bunch in the Jemez. I live in Hatch and there's a lot of chert/jasper here. There's a guy, Otis Price, who lives in Albuquerque. He has a monthly knap in and sometimes teams up with others to purchase material. Google obsidian deposits in New Mexico. You'll find good info. Jim
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February 4th, 2017, 2:19 am #6

Looks like the East Fork of the Jemez River, from the Los Conchas Trailhead, is a great source of Obsidian. I'm moving to the area and that's where I'm going to look anyway.
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February 4th, 2017, 12:30 pm #7

Corax
I've never hunted rock there, but while googling obsidian in NM, I found a number of places from the Jemez to near Los Alamos. When you tire of obsidian, there's plenty of other rock to collect. I can spall a backpack of chert in a couple hours from places around Hatch. I have a friend here from back east right now, and we picked up about 60# last Tuesday. Some is extremely colorful, he mails it back to himself. I'm sure there are plenty of sites up north. Look in areas that have significant limestone deposits.
Jim
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February 8th, 2017, 5:15 pm #8

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Here in northeast New Mexico I find chert, high-grade sugar quartzite, and variety of other materials in the surrounding area.

Ray
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