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Address: 6683 NE Hay Creek Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Phone Number: (541) 475-2680
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fun afternoon with the family

We took the granddaughters here for something fun and different to do while camping in eastern Oregon. They had alot of fun: driving to the dig site through cow pastures and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2016
marywoods
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Portland, OR
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Woodleaf
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Richardson's and had a blast first discovering thundereggs. We took our young son who had so much fun he didn't want to leave.

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Thank Phil H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun afternoon, kids love the idea of searching for "gold". Bring water, hot afternoons can be dehydrating. We have gone several times and it's always a fun outing. One of a kind gift shop!

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Thank Tammy H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nasty dirty owners who are so paranoid your stealing from them make this place a living nightmare. Beware it doesnt matter if your a child or senior citizen everyone is treated as if they are stupid and know nothing if you dare ask them any questions. Be prepared for a complete car search and possible body search before leaving.

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Thank honestone22
Lebanon, Oregon
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326 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the second time my family and i have been here. The first was in 2010 when our odlest was only 10 months old. This time it was my wife our 6 and 4 year old and myself. As the first time, we had a great time! The kids were having fun right away looking around at all the... More 

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We took the granddaughters here for something fun and different to do while camping in eastern Oregon. They had alot of fun: driving to the dig site through cow pastures and rugger dirt and gravel roads, digging and finding thundereggs, and browsing the gift shop. It was a great family activity! As some of the other reviews state, the owners... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

My friend and I visited the famous Richardson's Rock Ranch while rockhounding in the area recently. I was taken aback at all the nature around the office and gift shop area, including beautiful, roving, chickens and peacocks! Lots of areas to choose from as far as types of thundereggs to mine; at one of the 'beginner level' mines we ran... More 

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Thank Connie L
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time learning about the rocks and how to dig them. We came away with some awesome items and memories. This will be a new family outing

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Thank MaryAnne M
Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We read the bad reviews about how rude and grumpy the shop owner was, but never imagined getting treated the way we did. We drove 7 hours from Washington with our 80-year old grandfather who is an avid rock collector. While coming upon the ranch I saw a beautiful peacock, I asked him to stop so I could take a... More 

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Carlton, Oregon
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We have always driven by the sign on the highway for years and finally decided to stop. They have soooo many rocks to choose from and these phenomenal round polished agates. You can hunt your own but plan to spend the day. Bring lots of water to drink. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Thank 538WorldTraveler
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

My son and I made a camping trip out of visiting a couple "rock hounding" sites and this was one of them. We had a great time digging in the pits and finding thundereggs. We had a couple of them cut while we were there and when I got home, I went to down a couple with a wet tile... More 

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