Crystals in The Dalles – June 2021

There is a roadcut off of Highway 197 right outside of The Dalles, Oregon. The roadcut has been well known since 2001. One can find yellow calcite crystal, that form in “calcite pineapples”. The roadcut also has rocks covered with a thin layer of calcite.

There is a place across from the roadcut to pull off and park, but it is at a busy road and not a destination spot or a good place for inexperienced rockhounds and kids or pets. This would be a nice quick stop when driving on I-84.