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Oak Springs Trilobite Site – near Caliente Nevada
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Overview
Location

About 13 miles west of Caliente, Nevada

Sights

Small trilobite fossils

Distance

Varies

Parking Lot Elevation

5780 ft

Summit Elevation

N/A

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies

Time Required

1 + hours

Pets

Allowed on leash

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water. There are no water sources nearby

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Trail is in good condition. You are free to walk off trail if you wish

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None. There is a small kiosk explaining the area and how to search for the fossils

Camping

Allowed on BLM land

Food

Bring snacks

Equipment

Bring a rock pick, shovel, sunglasses and hat

GPS Coordinates

Oak Springs Trilobite Site: 37.613985°, -114.711731°


Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Oak Springs Trilobite Site

The parking lot area complete with a few picnic tables

We had the chance to visit this trilobite site on our way home from a camping trip in the nearby area.  We were somewhat confident that we could find a fossil or two as we spent about 45 minutes combing for trilobite.

The Oak Springs Trilobite Site is located on land owned by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management).

Oak Springs Trilobite Site

Information sign about the area

After reading over the information sign we learned that the fossils are mostly located in the shale rock.  And luckily for us, my friend had brought his rock pick so we could really dig in and hopefully discover some cool stuff!


Oak Springs Trilobite Site

Shale piles were everywhere

The BLM created a narrow dirt path called the Silver State Trail that you can follow around the area.  But you are encouraged to go off the trail and see what you can find.  This trail seemed to go for miles and we didn’t have enough time to go on all of it because we found tons of shale in the immediate area close by the parking lot to keep us busy.

We noticed that many of the shale piles were already ransacked by people and we quickly realized that we would probably not find much of anything unless we had hours to spend (which we unfortunately did not).


Oak Springs Trilobite Site

The Oak Springs Tilobite Site area

I personally found this area to be really neat!  I enjoy the desert and wish we had time to explore around the mountains and see what else was here but our time was limited and we needed to head back home to Utah.

Oak Springs Trilobite Site

Lots of interesting rocks around

Although we were not successful in finding any fossils we did find plenty of neat rocks to check out.


 The Return:

Head back towards your car.


Personal Thoughts:

This would be a great area to stop for a break while travelling on the highway.  This would also be a nice area for children to explore and be creative.

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Jeff Johnson
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