Davis Creek Obsidian Mines + Peterson Mountain Quartz Crystals

Davis Creek Obsidian Mines + Peterson Mountain Quartz Crystals

The 3rd and final installment of the Epic CA + NV roadtrip with the little one. In this episode, we make it to the Davis Creek Obsidian ‘mines’, which used to be actual mining claims. In the mid-1970’s, the tyrants in the Federal government dispossessed the miners of their claims, and opened the area up to the public – sort of.

Except now, to gather obsidian, you need a ‘permit’ (which is free, but still annoying). Basically, you need government permission to use public lands and gather inorganic resources. Ready for tar and feathers, yet?

The next day we drove to Peterson Mountain, also in the People’s Socialist Republic of California, to look for quartz crystals and gems. Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball. We obviously made it out – barely.

All in all, a good trip – and definitely something everyone should do with their kids, to whatever extent their means and experience permit. Kids love to be dirty, tired, and messy. The “outdoors” really is our original natural habitat. There is no reason to shy away from it!


  1. Paul Behee on July 16, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    “California sucks… that’s why we’re here”! 😜🤦🏼‍♂️

  2. John Lawrence on July 16, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    More fun with the Bird! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Darrell Foust on July 16, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I just took my daughter and her friend to the rainbow obsidian area near plum valley camp ground a few days ago. We had a blast!
    Pretty cool rocks up there.
    Going again. Hopefully this year.

  4. Drunk Mike on July 16, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I click on your video and I get an anti-Trump impeachment video ad. YT sucks ass.

  5. Francisco Trillo on July 16, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I think that’s the same deal you settlers gave the native people when your for fathers moved her so suck it up, and as for that comment about California we are a great state we don’t have a choice on the people that move here, just like Oregon.

  6. Quest For Details on July 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    my parents were of the back to the land miners of the salmon river area up north, I was born in 1977 as they headed north into Oregon, and the whole area was taken from the miners, cabins burnt etc, in the early 80’s, thank you for mentioning the raw deal the feds gave the prospectors and homesteaders, and good adventure my friend,

  7. Robert Bradford on July 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Should have went to Crystal peak, it’s not very far from where your at, take boarder town exit turn north follow side road turns to gravel and follow to the top, public dig allowed to take 5 gallon buckets out. Was a coper mine in the 2nd world war, then when they were done mining after the war they blew it up from the inside and basically turned the top of the mountain inside out.

  8. Robert Bradford on July 16, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Are you sure? Sure looks like chert, or Flint or jasper, whatever you want to call it

  9. Stephanie Wolfe on July 16, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Isn’t Peterson Mtn in Nevada 🤔

  10. Johnny Potseed on July 16, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Middle August be a good time to try to get to the pink lady min

  11. LastPsalms on July 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    You call your daughter dramatic? THAT was dramatic? Try having twin girls!!!

  12. Drunk Mike on July 16, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Great video BTW. That was an epic adventure.

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