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Guided Arizona Gem Hunting Tours

Arizona Gem Hunting Tours

      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, 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.
     
    * Contact us to talk about what kind of gems you wish to hunt for, where, and how we will accomplish your gem hunting goals for the day

Rates – Full Day

1 Person: $450/guest

2 People: $250/guest

3 People: $165/guest

4-5 People: $120/guest

Rates – Half Day

6 People: $90/guest

Age 10 & Under: $80/guest

1 Person: $250/guest

2 People: $130/guest

3 People: $100/guest

4-5 People: $80/guest

6 People: $60/guest

Age 10 & Under: $60/guest

What is included?

Transportation to and from the trailhead from your hotel, fresh picnic lunch, trail snacks, day packs, trekking poles, and knowledgeable, licensed, geologist/guides.

What should you bring?

Appropriate clothing for the weather (call for details prior to your hike), water bottles or hydration bladder (3 liters per person), sturdy shoes/boots, waterproof jacket/poncho, hat & sunglasses, camera, sunscreen. During colder weather, warm hats, gloves, and scarves may be great to have. Guide gratuities are customary and greatly appreciated.

Joining a tour

To make a reservation, visit our Reservation Request page. Or call our office at +1(602) 904-2536, Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm AZ time.

Meeting Time & place

Blue Marble can grab you from your hotel in Flagstaff, or you may choose to meet at the designated meeting place, which will be included in your pre-trip information packet. Our meeting time will be arranged upon booking your reservation and is largely dependent on time of year.

Cancellations

To guarantee your reservation we require a 50% deposit. We collect the remaining balance 30 days prior to the hike departing. Any cancellation made more than 15 days prior to departure will receive a full refund less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 15 days will receive a 50% refund and any cancellation made within 72 hours of the hike departing will receive no refunds or credits. There are no refunds for guests who arrive late or depart early from the trip. There are no refunds for late arrivals.

Why Go Guided?

So much of the true wilderness experience comes from being able to understand and interpret what you are seeing.  Why are those rocks red?  How did this canyon form?  What is that tree?  What cultural significance are those petroglyphs?  Our expert guides will not only keep you safe, relaxed, and intrigued, they will also be able to answer almost any question you have about the landscape you are seeing.

A trained geologist is a person who can interpret millions of years of Earth’s history simply by staring at a rock outcrop for a few minutes.  Anyone can read a book about The Grand Canyon, Zion, The Painted Desert, or Death Valley, but seeing it up close and personal is a completely different and extraordinary experience. Our guides will give you knowledge and the intimate experience of truly knowing where you came from.  ​

In addition to our geologic knowledge, our trips also give you the fundamental ability to immerse yourself in the landscape without worrying about food, water, camping arrangements, transportation, driving directions, or any logistical issues that invariably accompany adventure.  Let us handle the details, all you need to do is enjoy the ride.

Explore Further, Be Wild, See Through Time.