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Bar M Ranch

At Bar M Ranch, guests are invited to search Honey Creek and its tributaries for topaz. Blue Topaz is the state gem of Texas—naturally occurring topaz of this variety is quite rare. Mason County, located in the heart of Texas, is the best place in the state for hunters to find the colorless and light blue varieties.

TOPAZ
As you explore the area, you may be fortunate enough to find Topaz, the official stone of Texas. The now famous “Texas Star Topaz” design features topaz found only in this area of Texas.

ROCK/GEM HUNTING
Bar M Ranch also offers some of the best rock hunting in the area, with stones such as granite, flint, limestone, and quartz.

Available for individual or group hunting.

Website: Bar M Ranch

Inner Space Cavern

Hidden for over 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in Texas.

Inner Space can entertain people of all ages! If the tour doesn't interest you, there is also a playground, a mining area, a gift shop, and several displays of fossils that were found right here in the cave.

No food, drink, candy, gum, backpacks, wheelchairs, strollers, or tripods allowed in the cave. 

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera!

Inner Space cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. Six inch core samples were taken to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26ft. and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock.

Website: Inner Space Cavern

Lindsay Ranch

Rock hunting on the Lindsay Ranch is limited to those who are staying in one of their guest houses or the camping area.

Website: Lindsay Ranch

Mason Texas Topaz

The Seaquist family has called Mason its home ever since Oscar Seaquist left his native Sweden and settled in Mason in the early 1900's.  Oscar was a boot maker/entrepreneur who owned a shop in town that still bears the Seaquist name to this day.  He also purchased the home seen below in 1919, which along with the ranch is still owned by his two grandsons.

People have been enjoying rock hunting on the Seaquist Ranch since the 1970's. 

Topaz found in Texas is primarily white. Natural Blue Topaz is only found in one place in North America.  Mason Texas!!

Website: Mason Texas Topaz

Natural Bridge Caverns

Naturally cool things to do—for everyone!!

Like on the Discovery Tour, where you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time, Or, explore their Hidden Passages Tour, where shadows dance over delicate formations and mystery awaits in every shadow.  Take to the skies high above Texas, as you ascend the Canopy Challenge, or for a true test, try tackling one of their adventure tours.  Experience a sense of discovery finding your way through their AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, a 5,000 sq.ft outdoor maze! If you want some good old-fashioned fun, look no further than the Mining Company, where you mine and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures. 

Pricing varies with each of the fun filled adventures! 

Website: Natural Bridge Caverns

Petroleum Museum

A visit to the Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history.  Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, the Petroleum Museum offers interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages.

Website: Petroleum Museum

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument sits within 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives and habitat of Columbian mammoths and other Ice Age animals.

This paleontological site represents the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. Visitors can view "in situ" fossils including female mammoths, a bull mammoth, and a camel that lived approximately 67,000 years ago.

Website: Waco Mammoth National Monument

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