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Richardson's Rock Ranch

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Address: 6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Phone Number: (541) 475-2680
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Busy place- it was so much fun to "mine" for thundereggs with the kids. Very family friendly although they get a little touchy if you have a child that likes to touch pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Oregon City, Oregon
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Oregon City, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Busy place- it was so much fun to "mine" for thundereggs with the kids. Very family friendly although they get a little touchy if you have a child that likes to touch pretty stuff:) My son is seven and he loved to run his hands through the pebble bins, but the woman kept telling him to take his hands out.... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I had been told by a co-worker about her experience hunting for thunder eggs and she recommended we give it a shot the next time we were in central Oregon. I am not a rock hound so I didn't know what to expect or what I was looking for. The ranch was easy enough to find. We got our safety... More 

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Lakeside, California
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75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you have even the mildest interest in rocks or gems, Richardson's is worth a stop. They have mountains of rocks from all over the world available for sale, as well as the ability to dig for your own geodes on the ranch.

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Bend, Oregon
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64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I would highly suggest arriving early in the morning as it is so hot in the summer. Watch for the mile post sign as the ranch sign is really small. You need to have very strong tires to go digging for Thunder Eggs. Do not try to get really close to the dig sight because you might get a flat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was awesome, we started out by driving to the agate beds across the beautiful property opening and closing cattle gates weaving across the great frontier. We arrived to the digging area and WOW it was amazing digging up these treasures. My 12,10 and 5 year old were busy digging and yelling with excitement each time they found a thunder... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We found this place to gather Thunder Eggs and didn't read reviews. Pack a lunch and water. If we had we would have spent several more hours looking for rocks. When you arrive at "the ranch" you are greeted by peacocks and chickens. The lady wasn't real friendly, gave us the map and minimal instruction. The dirt road was passable... More 

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Some interesting things and collections to find here but the staff could have made things a bit easier. Keep it moving- you could do better.

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Oregon
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Richardson's Rock Ranch

Address: 6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Phone Number: (541) 475-2680
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Central Oregon  >  Madras
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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