Rock hunting on the Lindsay ranch is limited to those who are staying in one of our guest houses or at the camping area.
The rock hunting fee is $15.00 for everyone age 18 and over. You keep what you find.
Shovels and screens are OK. No mechanical equipment is allowed. You may bring your metal detector.
On the Lindsay Ranch, most of the topaz has been found in or around Comanche Creek which was named for those "Lords of the Plains" who passed through Mason County each year on their Spring raids.
Both the Eastern and Western branches of Comanche Creek flow through the Lindsay Ranch. (Well ... "flow" might not be a good word choice. This is a seasonal creek and sometimes it is dry.)
A geologist, from the University of Texas, said that he found a greater variety of minerals on the Lindsay Ranch than anywhere he had been.
Minerals on the ranch include limestone, granite, tourmaline, sandstone, quartz, schist and some that no one has been able to identify.
Petrified wood, petrified bone, fossils, arrowheads, hand axes and other artifacts have also been found.
Mason County is the only place in Texas where topaz is found, and the Lindsay Ranch is one of three ranches that allow topaz hunting.
Mason County is part of the Llano Uplife and our old rocks have been pushed to the top.
Topaz was designated the Texas state gem in 1969 and the Lone Star cut was designated the state cut in 1979.
On the Lindsay Ranch, you may hunt anywhere but most of the topaz has been found in and around Comanche Creek.
West Comanche Creek looking south.
This is 4/10 of a mile from the "Tombstone Trail" sign.
If you dig ... please fill in the holes before you leave.
These two pieces of topaz were found in West Comanche Creek.
West Comanche Creek looking north.
The larger piece of topaz in this photo was found in East Comanche Creek pictured below.
East Comanche Creek.
This location is 2/10 of a mile from the "Tombstone Trail" sign.
Visit the Mason Museum on the Square to see the largest blue topaz found in the U.S.
It was found in Streeter, TX and was used as a door stop for a long time.
Didn't find a topaz on your hunt? Don't leave without a Hill Country treasure.
You can see and/or buy topaz at several local shops and we have two Lone Star cuts for sale.
Country Collectibles at 424 Ft. Mckavitt has a large assortment of mounted and unmounted stones.
They sell clear topaz for $100.00 per carat and blue topaz for $125.00 per carat.
They also have stones mounted in yellow gold, white gold and silver.
They are open from 9:00-5:00 Monday thru Saturday and from 1:00-5:00 on Sunday.
For more information, call 325-347-5249.
Mason County Chamber of Commerce 325-347-5758