Hunt for rare Minerals and Rocks with a geologist

Arizona Gem Hunting Overview
Arizona Gem Hunting & Hiking Details
Arizona was made famous during the mineral rushes of the Wild West for its many riches.  Boomtowns were formed, including some of the most wild and famous towns of the Old West; Tombstone, Bisbee, and Jerome, which are still bustling towns today.  The precious ore industry is still strong here even today, with copper being one of the "5 C's" of Arizona.  Arizona's unique geology made it a haven for mining and prospecting of copper and silver particularly, but there are precious gems located all over the state, from north to south, east to west.

Arizona has three distinct geologic provinces: the Colorado Plateau in the north, the Transition Zone covering central Arizona, and the Basin and Range that holds south and western Arizona.  All three provinces have yielded mining riches, coloful characters, and a wonderful history that truly encompasses the American West.

Our Gem Hunting Hiking Tours are daily adventures that combine geology, history, and spirit of the Old West.  We offer several different day hiking tours of different types, from relaxed tours, wine-tastings, and dinosaur fossil hunting, to rugged adventures ready for those with the true prospectors spirit.​
Northern and Central Arizona's climates, though different, can be similarly unpredictable in all seasons.  Summer brings monsoonal rainstorms, while winter can bring snow.

Flagstaff is a mountain climate, meaning that summers are pleasant with mild (70-80s) daily temperatures and cooler night temperatures (40s-50s).  It snows in the winter, and can be windy in the spring near town.  Further from the mountains transitions into a high desert climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters.

Jerome and Prescott are located below the Mogollon Rim on the border of the Plateau and the Arizona Transition Zone.  They have a more desert climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters. 

Day adventures in both of these areas can be done in all seasons, and require good physical condition and general preparedness (see our blog for training and packing tips).

Trip Price Includes: certified guide, lunch and snacks, water, permits and fees, transportation to and from trails

Trip Price does not include: extra gear rental (water bladders, etc.), airfare, transportation to and from host city, pre or post-trip hotel accomodations, personal health/liability insurance

Reservations, Payments, and Cancellations:

It is advised to book single-day adventures at least two weeks in advance, as space is limited and trips fill quickly. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. 

Why reserve early? 

Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Blue Marble Adventure GeoTourism reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page .


Jerome History and Wine Tour
Gem and Rockhounding Hikes
jerome hiking and wine tour
arizona mineral and rock hounding hiking
The town of Jerome, Arizona has a colorful past and a brilliant present.  This excellent hiking tour combines the history and geology that put Jerome on the map, as well as celebrates is re-invention as an up-and-coming wine grape production region.  We will hike and explore the town's excellent mining history, visit a haunted hotel, pan for gold, visit a local winery for some excellent spirits, and check out some of the local art galleries that make Jerome great.
Northern and central Arizona has several locations for which to hike and hunt for beautiful rocks, gems, and minerals.  We will plan your excursion to hunt for opals, geodes, copper minerals such as turquoise, Fool's Gold (pyrite), and many others.  Just give us a call and we'll make it happen for you and your group! 
Trip Details
Trip Details