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Mason County has the great fortune of being the only place in Texas where you can find blue topaz, the state gem. It is naturally found in many of the granite outcroppings in the area. You can try your hand at panning for the rare blue gem from streambeds and exploring ravines. Two Mason County ranches open their property to the public for topaz hunting, but you have to call in advance to make an appointment.
Garner Seaquist Ranch. Mike Seaquist of Garner Seaquist Ranch will meet you in town and take you to his working ranch for a day of topaz hunting. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and bring a shovel. 108 Fort McKavitt, Mason, TX. 325/347–5413. no Web site. $15. Feb.-Oct.
Lindsay Ranch. The Lindsay Ranch also offers topaz hunting. 460 Lindsay Rd, Mason, TX. 325/347–5733. no Web site. $10. Feb.–Oct.