This is the best garnet locality in the western USA as far as I am concerned. Some collectors may disagree but this locality is famous for its lustrous, glossy faced orange/brown grossular garnets, dull green epidote crystals in calcite, and rectangular brown diopside crystals. These can be found in the hills to the south and northwest of Bishop. The entire area around Bishop is loaded with tactite zones which are known deposits for tungsten minerals. Some of the best crystal and matrix specimens that I have collected from here are shown in the pictures below. The largest single crystal specimen is 3 inches across each way with shiny, lustrous faces. I have also collected fine clusters in matrix with the largest specimen about 12 inches by 8 inches. The locality is not easy to work in general and the best garnets are wrestled from the ground thru shear will and determination with a 5 lb sledgehammer and thin bladed chisel. A thin, long shank screwdriver is also useful here. The garnets here are very well formed and the best are found in calcite pods. The color is similar to garnets at Vesper Peak in Washington state, the Eden Mills garnets in Vermont and the John Mansville Mine (closed) in Canada famous for its beautiful cinnamon colored garnets. Harvey Gordon, John Seibel and many others have dug this locality over the years. The prize specimens have the rare tetrahexahedral habit which forms a point which obviously doesnt happen with octahedral garnets. These are spectacular specimens and enhance any collection. If interested please email us and we will do our best to help you with specimens. I have collected here for over 15 years off and on as well as many other localities in the Owens Valley.
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Garnets of the Coyote Front Range
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