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Owyhee Field Office

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The Owyhee Field Office has a wide variety of salable minerals available to the public including sand and gravel, building stone, clay, cinders, decorative rock, limestone, and petrified wood. The public can access these resources through purchase of a BLM permit. Although the majority of sand and gravel is used by the Idaho Department of Transportation and the Owyhee County Highway District, there is increasing public demand for decorative and landscaping rock form public lands. BLM staff can help you select rock that meets your needs and they’ll provide a map to the site where you can collect the material.

Contact the Bruneau Field Office for more information: 

Forest Griggs, 208-896-5917, fgriggs@blm.gov  
Valerie Lenhartzen, 208-384-3395, vlenhartzen@blm.gov

 
Bold type indicates landscape/decorative rock; regular type indicates gravel pits.
Links provide maps and photos of the rock available at each site.
Community PitDescriptionLocationPricePermitted
Amounts
Flat Top ButteSandstone; used for decorative purposes.Owyhee County$30/ton; reclamation fee $0.90/ton.Minimum: 1 ton
Maximum: 5 tons/year
Miracle Sandstone; used for decorative purposes.Owyhee County$20/ton; reclamation fee $0.80/tonMinimum: 1 ton
Maximum: 5 tons/year
MarsingSand and gravelOwyhee County$1/cubic yard; reclamation fee $0.30/cubic yardMinimum: 15 cubic yards
Maximum: No limit
Murphy 2Sand and gravelOwyhee County$1/cubic yard; reclamation fee $0.20/cubic yardMinimum: 15 cubic yards
Maximum: No limit
New York SummitSand and gravelOwyhee County$1/cubic yard; reclamation fee $0.20/cubic yardMinimum: 15 cubic yards
Maximum: No limit
Wood CanyonRhyolite; used for decorative purposesOwyhee County$1/ton; reclamation fee $0.30/cubic yardNo established minimum or maximum