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Richardson's Rock Ranch

Address: 6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Phone Number: (541) 475-2680
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Madras
Type: Ranchs, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ranchs, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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English first
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I've been going to Richardson's all my life, but have never dug thunder eggs there before. I just love the rock shop, with all the pretties polished and displayed inside, and I LOVE poking around the piles of stuff out front. I really like how this place is off the beaten track. It's off the main highway a few miles,... More 

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La Crosse, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Loved the adventure. The lady in the office was a little gruff when we first got there but gradually "warmed up". An awesome adventure!

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Sunriver, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I enjoyed rockhounding with my kids and the grandparents. We came away with some nice thundereggs and polishing rocks. On the downside - the staff acts as if they hate their job and more importantly hate customers. actually i think the best analogy is that everyone is treated as a trespasser on their property. A high level of distrust and... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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126 reviews 126 reviews
41 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

About an hour drive north of Bend and worth the drive we recommend checking out this place to entertain kids 4-104 in a unique way. Allow enough time for the drive to Richardson's and then 20-30 minutes each way out and back to the digging site on a road IMO only for a 4WD or high suspension vehicle. We dug... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We didn't really know what to expect to go rock digging, but it was fun. It was HARD work, but the thunder rocks we mined were worth it. Plan to bring water and gloves and a car that rides well over rough roads. The rock shop was interesting to look at while we waited for our thunder eggs to be... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Central Oregon is known for its agates and thunder eggs. Richardson's Rock Ranch is a u-dig thunder egg mine, and rock shop. It is excellent, and people come from all over to collect there. The mystery and beauty of thunder eggs is known around the world, as is Richardson's. It is one of the best u-dig places anywhere. Their web... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We are big believers in TripAdvisor and constantly check out the site for hotels, activities,and restaurants while planning trips - much like you must be doing right now. The reviews for this place had me thinking that we should skip it, fortunately my own memory of going here with my parents some 30 years ago overrode that decision. The old... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We read the reviews of the poor customer service but came anyway. My boys are interested in rocks and minerals, and have purchased them at gem shows, so I thought digging for them would be fun. The boys ended up saying this was their favorite part of the trip to Central Oregon! We found both the lady and gentleman there... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I had no idea this place was there. Friends took me. They are very knowledgeable and interesting people. A great variety, sold by the pound. When their peacocks drop a feather, they are $1 each. I found other feathers (interesting to me)...no charge. They offer digging for a fee. (we aren't in to that, so I can't comment on actual... More 

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Renton, WA
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

While the shop offers great variety of stones - I don't think 6 miles drive on dirty road to dig rocks was worth driving. The lady didn't give us much of explanation on what to look for and we weren't sure if rocks we found were in fact thundereggs. To make things worse - when we returned to the store... More 

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