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Address: 6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Phone Number: (541) 475-2680
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Fun for those rockhound kids!

This is a fun family event. Our 6 year old son showed us how to dig for thunder eggs. We had lots of fun and dug up lots. Your car will get dirty!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a fun family event. Our 6 year old son showed us how to dig for thunder eggs. We had lots of fun and dug up lots. Your car will get dirty!

1 Thank jdcandtkc
Grosse Ile, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The opportunity to mine for your own thundereggs here is unbeatable! The staff here is extremely knowledgeable and willing to dispense good advice. The pre-visit orientation could use some work though. I'm sure it's been given thousands of times though, so it's hard to show enthusiasm. A picture of one of the mining areas, to go along with the instructions... More 

1 Thank Eric L
Springfield, Oregon
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

A really cool place to go and check out all kinds of different kind of rocks. They have rocks from all over the world, plus you can dig on their land for thundereggs Oregons state rock. If you happen to be driving by stop in and check it out.

Thank RoadWarrior97478
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My husband had done some research before our trip and found out about a place to do some rock hounding for Oregon's awesome state rock, the Thunder Egg. We rounded up a niece, her husband and their four kiddos, along with another friend and headed up to Madras tend Richardson's Rock Ranch. At the shop, we were given buckets and... More 

Thank 316monicad
Leesville, South Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Located in the high desert of Oregon in the middle of nowhere! Do not use GPS to find this ranch, you will have a long drive back to civilization and be far from your target! The ranch has piles of rocks from around the world priced by the pound for raw material and individual cut and or polished pieces. You... More 

Nehalem, Oregon
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My daughter and I spent a day at the ranch a few years ago and had a great time. I don't remember anyone being rude then. I am planning to go again this next week.

1 Thank Pupster1203
Oregon City, Oregon
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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 

Thank aubrey s
Salem, Oregon, United States
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76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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 

Thank Paula M
Lakeside, California
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95 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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.

1 Thank ccrowe3
Bend, Oregon
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72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 

1 Thank esc2bend

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