Sunstone Knoll |

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Roadside Attraction Sunstone Knoll - Delta Roadside Attraction Sunstone Knoll
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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attractopm
LENGTH: 1 hour
MAPS: SUNSTONE KNOLL, UT

Sun

95 | 60

Mon

93 | 58

Tue

95 | 57

Wed

96 | 58

Thu

97 | 60

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SEASON: Any, though summers can be hot.
WATER: None

Sun

95 | 60

Mon

93 | 58

Tue

95 | 57

Wed

96 | 58

Thu

97 | 60

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Sunstones are a translucent yellowish rock that looks quite similar to glass shards. The sunstone crystals were formed as part of the volcanic eruptions in the area. Sunstone Knoll is an old volcanic vent, the source of the sunstones in the area.

The area on top of Sunstone Knoll and mainly the flats to the east of the knoll is littered with small crystals of sunstone. When visiting, the land glints in sunlight from the abundance of crystals. Most are small, though on our visit we found a few up to about 1/3 of an inch or so in length. On the south end of the knoll, a volcanic outcropping has sunstones still embedded in the rock, to be weathered out in the future.

Note: There is quite a bit of broken glass around the area. Keep an eye out if you are visiting with children to make sure they find sunstones, not broken glass!

Getting There

From Delta, head west on US-50 toward Ely, NV. About 5 miles from downtown Delta, turn left (south) on UT-257. Follow this 13.3 mile to mile post 55.9. Sunstone Knoll is on the left (east) side of UT-257, across the tracks.

Note: On our visit the road across the tracks was quite rutted. This can be walked. From the tracks, either drive due east to the high part of the knoll, or simply park and walk around.


Route

From the parking area, wander around! The stones are abundant and easy to find.


Maps

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12S 351409mE 4334763mN

N39° 08' 58" W112° 43' 10"

Sunstone Knoll

12S 351678mE 4334677mN

N39° 08' 55" W112° 42' 59"

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