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Rocks, minerals, gems, fossils and asteroids abound in southern Arizona. Can you dig it?

A Mother Lode of Earthly Treasures

The wealth just under our feet has shaped the history of this area. One of the world's largest gem and mineral shows is held in Tucson every February, and a smaller version of the winter event is growing every year in October. And mining is a major portion of the economies of the southern Arizona region and of the entire state of Arizona. Dig deeper by perusing Mining Tours options in the Tucson area.

Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880. A high-quality turquoise promoted as Bisbee Blue was a by-product of the copper mining.

Video: The Queen of Bisbee


Gems & Minerals

Tucson is a Year-Round Capital of Gems, Minerals & Fossils Every February, with daytime highs in the perfect mid-60s to low-70s, the Old Pueblo becomes... Read More

Going Underground

If you’ve ever wondered about the earth below your feet, satisfy your curiosity by visiting the two show caves in southern Arizona: the living, underground... Read More