Visiting the mine with a private group is the most intimate way to tour this unique high mountain mine. The Trip starts at Falcon Field in Mesa where you will board a specially equipped high altitude helicopter. The half hour flight to the mine will take you over the Superstition Mountains, believed to be the location of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Rising up to over 6ooo feet the helicopter will land on the postage stamp size landing pad on the side of the mountain. Once the helicopter shuts down and you step out you will be alone on the only private land in the Four Peaks wilderness. You may see falcons that nest in the Four Peaks Mountains or Humming Birds that buzz by your head looking for flowers so they can extract their nectar. The view towards Phoenix is breathtaking and the only sound will be your footsteps and the sound of your own heart beat as it works extra hard to extract oxygen from the thin mountain air.
The ground sparkles with the purple fragments of Amethyst left behind from more than a century of mining and you may pick up and take home all you see. The helicopter pilot will give you helmets and take you into the actual mine where we have been digging for the last 14 years. Solar powered lighting will allow you to see the crystals sticking out of the sides and roof of the mine. When you are inside the mine you are actually inside a giant Amethyst Geode. After filling your pockets with Amethyst from the ground outside it will be time to board the helicopter for the scenic half hour flight back to phoenix.
The tour last approximately 2 hours with about an hour of flight time and hour on the ground at the mine. The cost for the tour for a group of up to 5 people is $2500. If you would like to book a tour or get more information, call Captain Carl at Arizona Heliservices +1 (480) 241-2401.
This is a once in a lifetime experience, listed by Phoenix Magazine as #5 on the “Bucket List” of things to do in Arizona.