Wear sturdy hiking/walking close toed shoes or boots
Bring a light jacket and light gloves
Bring your camera (Make sure it is protected from dust!)
DO NOT BRING hammers, screw drivers, or any mining tool. All tools will be provided for you.
What to Expect
All tour guests will be expected to arrive at Sami Fine Jewelry (16704 Avenue of the fountains, Fountain Hills AZ) at least 20 minutes before your scheduled flight time. (If you are late, we cannot and will not wait for you. You will lose your deposit and your tour time). When you arrive, you will check in, sign your insurance waiver and pay any unpaid balances. You will also receive "Sami Goodies" which include some fun souvenirs. Sami's will be providing water, snacks, and a light lunch.
It should be noted that this tour REQUIRES physical activity. You will be doing a little hiking to the mine. It is not a long hike, but it is uphill in a rocky area. Once you arrive at the mine, the miners and mine owner will talk with you about the mine, it's history, and the special qualities of Arizona Amethyst. They will guide you into the mine, where you will get a try at mining this treasure yourself! After you've collected your purple gold, you will take the helicopter back to the original take-off point. A Sami team member will drive you back to Sami Fine Jewelry.
NOTE: The mine tour trip is about showing you the mine and giving a "behind the scenes" experience, not excessively mining amethyst. We allow guests to do a small amount of mining. You will be allowed to take a zip lock bag (that we provide) full of amethyst from the mine. The mine owner reserves the right to approve not only what you take, but the amount.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
You can plan to eat somewhere in Fountain Hills (we would be more than happy to recommend a restaurant, please ask one of our associates. otherwise Sami’s will be serving “Miner Food” all day. "Miner food" includes hot dogs or sandwiches, chips, trail mix, water, and soda.
No cancellations will be accepted as of 3 weeks before the tour. If for any reason such as weather, etc. the mine tour is cancelled, it will be re-scheduled. Sorry... We can't control the weather! To learn more about this policy please see a Sami associate or call us at 480-837-8168.
Is the Hike Hard?
The hike is fairly similar to going up a few flights of stairs. Here is a quick video taken at the Four Peaks Amethyst mine going down the trail towards the helicopter landing point.
Other things to do in Fountain Hills
Desert Belle Boat Tour
This is one of Arizona's best kept secrets! You are invited to relax in air conditioned comfort on a 90 minute boat ride on Saguaro Lake. While on this tour you will experience towering canyon walls, desert vistas and see Arizona wildlife. The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy Arizona! ( www.desertbelle.com )
Saguaro Lake Ranch
Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch is a historic oasis in the Tonto National Forest. The ranch lies along the Lower Salt River just below the ten-mile-long Saguaro Lake, in the shadow of the scenic Goldfield Mountains. Saguaro Lake Ranch offers an amazing dinner under the stars on Thursday and Saturday nights. You can even go kayaking or horseback riding at Saguaro Lake. The best part is that they even rent a cabins! www.saguarolakeranch.com
Fort Mcdowell is just a few miles outside of Fountain Hills. Not only does it boast one of the most beautiful resorts, but there is TONS to do! Whether you enjoy fine dining, gambling, golfing, horseback riding, kayaking or just hanging at the pool...Fort Mcdowell is a great place to visit! ( www.fortmcdowellcasino.com| www.fortmcdowelladventures.com )
The River of Time Museum
Take a walk through the River of Time museum and learn the history of the Lower Verde Valley and beyond. The River of Time Museum also showcases the largest piece of Arizona Amethyst rough that has ever come off the Four Peaks Mountain. Located directly across the street from Sami's store, this is a great stop! ( www.riveroftimemuseum.org )
The iconic fountain is the center piece of the 64-acre Fountain Park. At its full height of 560 feet, the Fountain is higher then the Washington Monument. Learn more at www.experiencefountainhills.com
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