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(NOTE: In the spirit of honor, stone collectors are urged to use utmost courtesy and never trespass on private
property. Always ask landowners' permission to enter their land. Remember that landowners also honor their stones.)

Where To Collect Viewing Stones

Viewing stones can be collected nearly everywhere: shorelines, and river beds, mountains, fields, valleys, and the list goes on. Some of the best stones can be found under these natural conditions:

  • where erosion is most intense
  • very high winds
  • continuously blowing sand
  • deep ravines
  • mid-sections of fast-moving mountain creeks
  • banks and in the water of fast-moving mountain creeks
  • powerful torrents of water
Consider some of these locations where stones are often found:
  • California Mojave Desert yields fine Object and Distant mountain stones
  • Flower-pattern stones found on the British Columbia coastline
  • Waterfall, Waterpool, Island, Object stones and Thatched-hut found in Canada and the Northeast US
  • Rivers and creeks of the Appalachians, Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades have yielded elegant Mountain stones

Once you have arrived at a spot where you wish to search for stones, you might scout the whole area and assess the landscape and potential before beginning. You could then mark the spots where you find your stones with colorful tags or perhaps a pile of stones. When removing your stones, possibly toward the end of your outing, an important safety practice is to fill any holes created. This is also a good ecological practice and shows respect and gratitude for nature's gifts.

Stones found in the upper areas of rivers and creeks are often too jagged - and stones from lower sections are too round or flat, as with beach stones. Take note: Use caution when collecting and avoid isolated areas. Most collectors do not travel alone. While groups tend to spread out at a location, they are ideally in contact by voice at all times.

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