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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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A rare experience that is worth doing

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2014
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Albany, Oregon
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128 reviews 128 reviews
41 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Seattle
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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