Is It Legal to Collect Rocks?
Rock collecting isn’t just for hardcore rockhounds. All types of people, young and old, who find a pretty rock on a hiking trail or side of the road may put it in their pocket and take it home. But could you be breaking the law? This is a complicated question, and the simplest answer is maybe. It really depends on where the rock was found. Private land is relatively straightforward, but on public land, some states say okay, other states say no way and the government says it depends on which entity owns the land, what you’re collecting and who’s doing the collecting. Originally appeared in the January 2022 Issue of Rock & Gem magazine