Frequently Asked Questions

Going on the Arizona Amethyst Mine Tour?

 

What You Need To Do:

  • Arrive at Sami Fine Jewelry on time
  • Wear long pants
  • Wear sturdy hiking/walking close toed shoes or boots
  • Bring a light jacket and light gloves (gardening gloves work well!)
  • Bring your camera and protect it from dust
  • Bring sunglasses / sunscreen
  • 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) before your scheduled flight time. Please arrive 30 minutes early, so you can comfortably check in and explore the store. (If you are late, we cannot and will not wait for you. You will lose your deposit and your scheduled 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.

 

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Note that we require 14 day’s notice of any cancellations or requests for a change in your scheduled time, because it is hard to fill seats for this bucket-list adventure on short notice. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your tour will result in forfeiture of your deposit. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to your tour will result in the remaining balance due being charged.

You must be on time for your trip. If you are not ready to go at your departure time, you will forfeit your deposit and be charged the full amount for the helicopter tour.

If a flight is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances out of our control, your deposit can be refunded, or applied to a future trip.

Amethyst Mine Tour Hike

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) 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

Can I bring Food?
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. You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks!
 

Is the Hike Hard?

Here is a short video of the hike.

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