February 12th, 2013
At 7.657 ft in elevation, Four Peaks is a prominent landmark northeast of Phoenix and part of the Mazatzal Mountains in Tonto National Forest. While hiking opportunties in the area are great - and every winter you will see some snow capped peaks - yes in Phoenix, the peaks are also home to the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. I have posted about the mine before and you can read again about my family ties to the mine in case you forgot - there is a quiz later.
The current owners and Sami Fine Jewelry are offering mining tours every April and October for would-be-prospectors to take a helicopter to the mine (that is the only way to transport the ore, except by mule), meet the miners and hammer and chisel and the beautiful light purple rocks. Yes, you get to take home what you mined (or at least some of it). The cost for this excursion is $395 per person and spaces are limited. The mine is also accessible by foot but the area is private and unless you want to get shot for trespassing (this is AZ you know), I would take the tour.