The Desert Rose Mine is located a few miles behind the Blanchard Rock Shop, Bingham, NM. Itís operated on a fee basis by Allison Cameron, who also owns the Rock Shop. The fee is quite reasonable for the quality of minerals to be collected.

The shop is located on the south side of Highway 380, about 3 miles west of Bingham. Itís best to call first before making the trip: (575) 423-3235. Itís a long drive to find out no one is there. You can also contact Allison by E-mail at

On June 3, 2002 I drove to the Blanchard Rock Shop from Socorro. Allison explained the fee: $ 10.00 per person per day for up to 20 lbs. of material, at that time, and gave me a map to the site. It was an easy drive, probably negotiable by passenger car. I parked right next to the collecting area. The adits shown in the pictures above are open, but off-limits. There was plenty of material to collect outside, though. In a short time I collected nice Galena crystals frozen in calcite matrix from the area shown in the top picture. These will require some acid treatment to expose the crystals. The rock in the foreground of the bottom picture yielded white tabular Barite crystals and Fluorite in a variety of forms, mostly cubes and tetrahexahedrons.


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