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    • 07/24/2021
    • 9:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 07/25/2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Queen Mine in Bisbee and the GoodEnough-Toughnut Mines are in Tombstone
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    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    BISBEE & TOMBSTONE MINE TOURS

    BISBEE: THE QUEEN MINE TOUR
    July 24th, 2021

    Photo by Kevin JohnsonOn this tour, you will board a mine train and descend 1,500 feet underground into what was once one of the richest copper mines in the history of the US.

    The Queen Mine opened in 1877 and discontinued mining operations in the mid-1970's. It opened again as a tour mine in 1976.

    The mining district in this area has approximately 2,500 miles of tunnels. 

    To read more about the Queen Mine and its history, please visit their website at www.queenminetour.com 

    Photo by Kevin Johnson.

    MEET TIME: 9.30 AM (meeting location will be sent @ registration). The Tour starts at 10.30 and you have to be there at least 30 minutes before the tour to check in.

    END TIME: The Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. At this time, the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is closed for visits. This would otherwise be included to be visited following the mine tour. The Museum also offers guided 'Historical Tours" of the town of Bisbee. We will keep you updated on the opening and services of the Museum. If anyone has any other suggestions for additional sites to visit in the afternoon, please feel free to contact the trip leader.

    LIMITED TRIP: Minimum of 10 participants and maximum of 30. 

    TRAVEL NOTE:  Please allow at least an additional 30 minutes more  than normal to get to the meeting spot.

    VEHICLE:  All vehicles will be able to go to this trip.

    SAFETY:  The Tour management advises face coverings at this time.  Bring water.

    RECOMMENDED: No open toe shoes or high heels, normal day hiking clothing.

    MATERIAL:  There is no mineral collection allowed on this tour.

    TRIP LEADER: Ken Elliott

    RSVP REQUIRED by 6PM on Friday, July 2, 2021.

    MSA Members Only.

    TOMBSTONE: THE GOODENOUGH MINE TOUR
    July 25th, 2021

    This is a 45 minute fully narrated tour which takes you approximately 100 feet underground into the Goodenough Silver Mine.

    This mine has a history going back to the 1880's and is apart of 300 mile labyrinth of tunnels dug beneath Tombstone.

    The tour is an easy to walk through tour and has a well lit path and includes a 60 step stairway with handrails.  

    To read more about the Goodenough Mine and its history, please visit their website at www.goodenoughsilvermine.com

    Photo from the Goodenough tour website.

    MEET TIME: Time to be determined. Tours are offered every hour from 11.00 AM (meeting location will be sent @ registration). Please be there at least 30 minutes before the tour to check in.

    END TIME: The Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.  If anyone has any other suggestions for additional sites to visit, please feel free to contact the trip leader.

    LIMITED TRIP: Minimum of 10 participants and maximum of 30. 

    TRAVEL NOTE:  Please allow at least an additional 30 minutes more  than normal to get to the meeting spot.

    VEHICLE:  All vehicles will be able to go to this trip.

    SAFETY:  The Tour management advises face coverings at this time.  Bring water.

    RECOMMENDED: No open toe shoes or high heels, normal day hiking clothing.

    MATERIAL:  There is no mineral collection allowed on this tour.

    TRIP LEADER: Ken Elliott

    RSVP REQUIRED by 6PM on Friday, July 2, 2021.

    MSA Members Only.

    TOMBSTONE: THE TOUGHNUT MINE TOUR
    July 25th, 2021

    This is a 2-3 hour tour with an approximately 1/2 mile hike that takes you 200-250 feet underground into the Toughnut Mine. Well informed guides lead you through this underground adventure.

    During this tour you will encounter wooden ladders to climb and small passages to crawl through. (A person needs to be in reasonably good shape for this tour)

    To read more about the Toughnut Mine and its history, please visit their website at www.goodenoughsilvermine.com

    Photo by Kevin Johnson.

    MEET TIME: Time to be determined. Tours are offered every hour from 11.00 AM (meeting location will be sent @ registration). Please be there at least 30 minutes before the tour to check in.

    END TIME: The Tour lasts approximately 2-3 hours.  

    LIMITED TRIP: Maximum of 10 participants. 

    TRAVEL NOTE:  Please allow at least an additional 30 minutes more  than normal to get to the meeting spot.

    VEHICLE:  All vehicles will be able to go to this trip.

    SAFETY:  The Tour management advises face coverings at this time.  Bring water.

    RECOMMENDED: Durable clothing and hiking boots suitable for climbing and crawling.

    MATERIAL:  There is no mineral collection allowed on this tour.

    TRIP LEADER: Kevin Johnson

    RSVP REQUIRED by 6PM on Friday, July 2, 2021.

    MSA Members Only.

    Hope to see you there!

    Stan Celestian

    2021 MSA Field Trip Coordinator


    • 08/01/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 08/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Tucson, Arizona

    A tour of the new mineral museum at the University of Arizona is scheduled for some time in August - Date to be determined.

    • 09/01/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 09/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Near Crown King, Arizona

    Date is tentative due to the uncertainty of the mine site.  As new information is made available it will be posted for this field trip.

    • 10/02/2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Payson, Arizona

    Diamond Point area to collect quartz crystals.

    • 10/08/2021
    • 6:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 10/10/2021
    • 3:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Trona, California

    Trona, Searles Lake, California

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/GEM-O-RAMA.htm

    At this time, the field trip is tentative and is dependent upon California's regulations about COVID 19 and seismic activity in the area.  Last year the Trona Show and field trips were cancelled due to COVID 19 and the show in 2019 was cancelled due to earthquakes.

    This image (at the Trona Gem-O-Rama) displays a halite digger's pants after a day in the brine pools.  The salt encrusted jeans are standing stiff without support!  This in itself is worth the trip! 


    • 11/07/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Wickenburg, Arizona

    Date Creek

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    This Sunday field trip will be back to an old classic.  
    • 12/04/2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12/05/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cloud Mine


    Red Cloud Mine

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    Wulfenite ! and the possibility of visiting a couple other mines in the area.

    • 12/27/2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Round Mountain, Arizona

    Round Mountain

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

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    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

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    MSA Members Only.


Past events

06/10/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - June 10, 2021 - “LGF Gallery: Minerals, Fossils and Meteorites Oh My" by Mr. Mike Fleeman
06/05/2021 Panning for Gold
05/26/2021 DoBell Ranch Petrified Wood
05/20/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2021 - “Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars" by Mr. Tom Kaye
05/01/2021 Dave Haneline Mine (formerly Blue Owl Mine)
04/24/2021 PALEO SITE FOSSIL COLLECTING
04/08/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2021 - "Rock Candy" by Mr. Stan Celestian
04/07/2021 2021 Tucson's Gem and Mineral Shows
03/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
03/14/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE CUBE, PRISM & SPECTRUM MINES
03/11/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2021 - "Gold: A journey from the Big Bang to the forest of the Amazon" By Dr. Terry Wallace Jr.
03/06/2021 2021 Apache Junction Rock Sale
03/06/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE BALL MINE
02/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: PLANET MINE
02/18/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2021 - "TEN TALL TRUE TALES Plus One" By Mr. Bob Jones
01/30/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE
01/21/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2021 - “Crystalline Eye Candy” presented by Jeff Scovil
12/19/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: RED CLOUD MINE (Overnight Trip)
12/06/2020 POSTPONED: Mineralogical Society of Arizona - Founder's Day Show - Celebrating MSA's 85th Birthday
11/21/2020 CANCELED: MSA FIELD TRIP: CAMP VERDE SALT MINE
11/21/2020 CANCELED - MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE (Overnight Trip)
11/19/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - November 2020 - 'Behind the Scenes of the New UA Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum' Presented by Mr. Eric Fritz
11/14/2020 POSTPONED UNTIL JAN or FEB 2021: MSA FIELD TRIP: AQUARIUS MTS
10/17/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
10/10/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: DIAMOND POINT (QUARTZ)
10/08/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - October 2020 - 'Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park' Presented by Mr. Bob Jones
09/26/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: PAYSON FOSSILS
09/17/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - September 2020 - "Cleaning and Mineral Prep 101 - Why Do We Clean and Trim Specimens?” Presented by Mr. Les Presmyk
07/11/2020 23rd Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show - Lakeside
06/11/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - June 2020
05/29/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Coconino Lapidary Club Annual Show
05/14/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ MSA Monthly Meeting - May 2020
05/02/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Mohave County Gemstoners - Annual Show
04/18/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Rocks in the Park - Verde River Rockhounds
04/09/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2020
04/03/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - 2020 Minerals of Arizona 28th Annual Symposium
03/28/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum's 2nd Public Outdoor Event
03/21/2020 2020 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show - CANCELLED
03/14/2020 Touch Outer Space and Pinal Gem and Mineral Show
03/12/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2020 CANCELLED - NEW TBD
02/29/2020 Apache Junction - Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show
02/20/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2020
02/13/2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
01/09/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2020
01/01/2020 Arizona Gem Shows - Quartzsite, AZ

ABOUT MSA

Mineralogical Society of Arizona's purpose is to promote interest and education in Earth Science, and related fields.

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  • Seminars, Symposiums and Shows

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PO Box 54307
Phoenix, AZ 85078

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