Steve, thanks for pointing out the reviews. I went back and read them. Two of the four were from the same person, and one I couldn't click on. But still, did not sound good. When I had looked over the site earlier today I noticed their rock was $1/pound and a 5 gallon bucket, they said, holds about 50 pds. Fifty bucks a bucket??? I have no idea if thats high low or about right. Of course these are 'you dig' prices.
I know there are a ton of places you can go to dig for free so I think I will pass on the triple R.
Depends on what you are digging for, they reopened the priday bed, (which I think they now call something else, but I can't remember what,) but that material is worth the buck a pound. It is very hard digging though, so unless you are used to getting it out or happen to show up on a day when they run the hoe in there to tear some up, you won't be leaving with much.
There is no more camping available at Richardson's due to some conflicts with some campers, which coincedently happened at about the same time as the bad review got posted. Too bad, it was convenient for lots of people to stay there and they had just built some public showers for the campers, too.
There are lots of free digs in the area. Get a rockhounding map from the Prineville chamber of commerce, it lists lots of areas that are open to digging. Some of them are claims, but the claims are owned by the Prineville Chamber of Commerce to keep them open to the public for digging. If you go to the Prineville pow-wow and/or the Madras show the next weekend, they have daily guided rock hounding trips. One of them is usually to Richardson's and they usually take the hoe in to the priday beds for the group. If you go, be prepared to fork over a few hundred, cause you will get several buckets worth, and it is so nice it is really hard to high grade it down to a bucket or two.
Have a great day.................Tony