Tick Canyon Rockhounding



The Sterling Borax Mine dumps were a popular collecting area for many years. Here are some of the hard-to-find magazines that published articles on collecting there. Also, a chapter from one book. The mine area has always been on private property so you must obtain permission to collect there. In 2006, US Borax sold the mine and the property around it to developer Monterey Homes.

Nobody will probably mind if you collect at the lower dump on the other side of Davenport Road from the mine. You can find nice, clean, small pieces of white howlite and an occasional piece of agate.



A Field Trip to Tick and Red Rock Canyons, John W. Luce, The Pacific Mineralogist, June 1935

Have a Heart, Hammerhounds!, Mora M. Brown, Desert Magazine, September 1941

Tick Canyon Field Trip, V.L. Armstrong and E.V. Van Amringe, Griegerís Encyclopedia and Super-Catalog of the Lapidary and Jewelry Arts, 1957

"American Gem Trails", Richard M. Pearl, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1964

The Best Howlite, Anywhere - Tick Canyon, Past and Present, Ron Wood, Lapidary Journal, August 1965

Tick Canyon Revisited, George E. Masimer, Gems and Minerals Magazine, August 1966

Trip to Tick Canyon, Dorothy Robertson, Desert Magazine, June 1969

Tick Canyon, Spring 1969, Ron Wood, Lapidary Journal, June 1969

Tick Canyon Howlite, Rock and Gem Magazine, W.R.C. Shedenhelm, March 1984

Howlite and other minerals in Tick Canyon, J.R. Mitchell, Gems and Minerals Magazine, April 1984