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Richardson's Rock Ranch

6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
(541) 475-2680
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Madras
Type: Ranchs
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Albany, Oregon
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126 reviews 126 reviews
41 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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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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Seattle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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52 helpful votes 52 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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Eugene
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Oregon
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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
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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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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was an interesting find in Central Oregon. Lots of great rocks to see at the shop, particularly if a rock hound. The ride out to the rock pits was a lot of fun. Felt like we were "off roading" it and got the car really muddy. It was fun digging around for thunder eggs and came away with a... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We had been advised of this site from our Rock Club. Got to the ranch early to miss as much of the hot weather as possible. The lady at the rock shop was efficient but kind of terse about how to find the thunder eggs. We knew what we wanted to find just not really sure where to go. We... More

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Highland, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I called to ask questions about availability to purchase rock and was treated with a very angry tone and I would consider it to be somewhat of a contemptuous attitude. They may have a great quantity of rock but someone needs to teach the lady who answers the phone how to speak kindly to customers, or potential customers.

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