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“Great rocks, rude owner”

Richardson's Rock Ranch
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Madras
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is a great place for rock enthusiasts, and I have visited it often over 35 years, since my children were small (they are now in their 40s). But one of the owners has a hair-trigger temper, and if your children do the slightest thing wrong, be prepared for an angry lecture. My 9 year old granddaughter picked up a small rock where she shouldn't have, and even though I said I would pay for it as soon as the store opened in the morning, I received a 15-minute diatribe about stealing. A nice place if your entire entourage can behave perfectly.

9  Thank SamCooky27
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Prices thru the roof. Spend a significant amount of money and have to beg for a bag-it's all about the money for this huge extended family. Once is good enough. Go take a look and use as reasearch but take a book or talk to the other consumers - the family don't/won't help - sorry but true. Parking is in the direct sun - tiny amount of shade. Not welcoming in the least (lot of shouting at patrons is common - we are expected to be telepathic as there's no signage and it's mishmask but some of the rocks are great if you don't mind the escalated pricing and the attitude. Everyone should go once to experience what to do and not do to one another. Have fun & don't take anything seriiously -noone will care but you. A brief exposure to handling people as 'cattle' gives us clarity and helps remind us there are sound reason why we must treat others with reasonable courtesy.

6  Thank s p
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Access to the thunder egg beds is good and they give you all the instructions you need. The digging can be as easy or as hard as you choose. If you come back from digging reasonably early in the day they will cut your thunder eggs for you.

4  Thank Tryphena2
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

This place has everything for rock enthusiasts. You can be hard core and dig until you're sore, or you can be lazy and just buy what's there. I did both. Make sure you ask questions about the beds and what kinds of finds are in each - they may not volunteer information. Also be sure to look at the outside of eggs that are already cut and ask what kinds of eggs make the best specimans. Out in the field they all look alike at first - until you notice small differences in size and texture that can yield different results.

Also be sure to plan for more time than you might think it will take. And call ahead if there's been any rain.

2  Thank cheytull
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

When we arrived, it had rained the prior day, so we couldn't dig in the beds. However, they had a pile that the kids could dig in, and, they had plenty of material to pick from. Very friendly and helpful. They gave us directions and advice on other places to go in the area while we were here.

1  Thank James W
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