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Four Peaks Mining Company, Scottsdale

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Four Peaks Mining Company reviews

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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
9 reviews
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4.7
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  • This is a great addition to the Boardwalk. While in the store, grab a clipboard and pencil (provided on-site). Go through the mine and find the gemstones. It’s a free scavenger hunt. My kids are... 
    This is a great addition to the Boardwalk. While in the store, grab a clipboard and pencil (provided on-site). Go through the mine and find the gemstones. It’s a free scavenger hunt. My kids are...  more »
  • Tour was interesting, great stories, fabulous food in the restaurant afterwards, got a free pint and a glass! 
    Tour was interesting, great stories, fabulous food in the restaurant afterwards, got a free pint and a glass!  more »
  • This isn’t just a gem shop, it actually has a cute little “mine” for the kids to walk through, complete with miner’s hats with lights on them! Each kid takes a clipboard with a checklist; each sheet.....  more
    This isn’t just a gem shop, it actually has a cute little “mine” for the kids to walk through, complete with miner’s hats with lights on them! Each kid takes a clipboard with a checklist; each sheet.....  more »
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  • STOP HERE ITS REALLY COOL!! An awesome cave that’s a replica of the mine that the company owns is here and it’s a FREE tour which you don’t find at boardwalk often. It was really really fun. We enjoyed seeing the rocks so much and there were cool ones available for purchase as well. Also the employees were really nice too and let us know some fun facts about the rocks and about the cave tour! This was a pleasant surprise while we were at the boardwalk today.
  • What an amazing trip! As a native Arizonan, was really impressed with every step of the experience, from the helicopter tour to the mine, to being able to purchase jewelry from the store…everyone from the helicopter people to the people with the company tour & miners were really cool & made for a great time. Thank you for a memorable journey!
  • Nice rock & gem shop. So many beautiful things to temp you with. Loved the collection gem display cases.
  • Truly a wonderful store. The artistry and quality is phenomenal. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about all the items in the store, even the mine and mining. This should be the go to spot for anyone looking for these kind of items. Highly recommended!
  • My review is not for this physical store location, which I have not visited, but is for the actual mine tour by helicopter! My husband surprised me with a tour this weekend - I had no idea what we were doing or where we were going. He couldn't have made a better choice! If you are a rockhound, geology nerd, or quartz variant fiend...I HIGHLY recommend this experience. I am all 3 of those things; my husband is not. It was a fantastic adventure for me, and just right amount of time for my husband to avoid getting bored. Plus...riding in a helicopter? Come on. That's cool for everyone! I had never ridden in a helicopter before - if you are a nervous flyer, fear not. I fly commercially frequently and never enjoy it. I very much enjoyed this and felt very safe and comfortable. If the thought of it makes you anxious, know that a) it's probably much smoother than you're imagining and b) the ride is very brief. The mountains themselves are beautiful, and simply covered in amethyst. Everywhere you look on the ground - beautiful crystals. I also found clear and smoky quartz, along with a few other unadvertised treasures. It is true that you will likely find bigger pieces in the mine, but there are pretties to be had all around. On our tour, they kindly provided helmets with lights, gloves, and simple tools. The lights from the hats are just fine, and there are lights strung up in the mine itself, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a flashlight. Speaking of lighting and other practical factors - I really appreciate the lengths taken to avoid impacting the environment. Part of this is by legal necessity - read about the history of the mine and you'll see what I mean. They use solar panels for power and drink/use collected and filtered rainwater on-site. Amethyst is pretty fragile, so mining is done by hand with hand tools. The mine is quite small - I did not find it claustrophobic and there is decent head clearance in all areas, but it is not cavernous. I saw a review elsewhere saying they did not see amethyst in the mine walls...it is, quite literally, everywhere you look. Just like rockhunting in general, it takes your brain some time to get accustomed to what you are looking for. Once you know what amethyst looks like in the rock wall, you cannot miss it. We felt like we had plenty of time in the mine. I could have happily spent hours, but if you're going with someone who isn't super into rocks, it's the perfect amount of time. My recommendation would be to take whatever you find. They supply gallon-sized bags, but I'm certain you could bring your own, if desired. Don't get hung up on how it looks in the relative dark of the mine. Mine it, collect it from the ground/tailings, stick it in your bag. We had a decent amount of time to investigate the ground outside of the mine afterwards, and I found beautiful pieces there. We ended up with 8.5 lbs (!) of amethyst in varying ranges of color and clarity. Some are water-clear, some are cloudy with phantoms and mineral inclusions. Some are deep, dark purple, some are more of a pale lilac. All are "keepers" to me! You won't be able to see the true beauty of what you collected until you take your finds home and clean them. I recommend soaking them in soapy water and scrubbing with a toothbrush, followed by 12-24 hours in Iron Out. You will be amazed at how pieces you thought were just so-so look after this process. For this reason - don't be too discriminating when you're mining. If some of the bigger pieces fall apart, that is completely normal! Crystals are fragile to begin with, even relatively hard material, like quartz. When they form and fracture, dirt and other minerals sometimes get into those cracks. What looks like a giant chunk of amethyst may be little pieces held together. They will come apart when you are cleaning them, and that is okay, you didn't "break" them or do anything wrong. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience. Staff were kind, friendly, and professional. A big 5 stars from me!

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