Tourism Team goes on High Flying Adventure

Hello again, it’s Grace from your Fountain Hills Tourism Division!  Last fall my colleague and I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine courtesy of Sami’s Fine Jewelry.   To say that we were awestruck by the experience would be an understatement.  I could go on for pages about how picturesque the mountains were, how exhilarating the helicopter ride was, the history and character of the miners or the way the gems transformed the mountain from amazing to extraordinary; but I think you might prefer I  show you!

Posted by Experience Fountain Hills on Friday, September 23, 2016

After an unbelievable visual journey to the top of the mountain, Rachael and I stepped off the helicopter and onto one of the tallest plateaus of the Four Peaks Mountain range, right between peaks three and four.  We then met the owners of the mine who gave us a history of the mine.  Purchased in 1998, the mine produces tons (literally tons) on amethyst gems each year.  Those gems are packaged and taken periodically down the mountain to a refinery where they are inspected and polished.  From those tons of gems that are mined, less than 50 pounds of gems are pure enough to them be appraised, sold, and molded into the beautiful jewelry that we love so much!


You might ask, who do we thank for all of the hard work that goes into mining these beauties?  Meet our friend Mike the miner!  He and his wife Tai are the only two who work in the mine.  Their decades of experience working in mining conditions have made them experts not only in working the mine, but braving the weather atop the mountain and delicately excavating these precious stones from the caverns.

Rachael and I had an incredible time atop the mountain, we found our inner pioneer woman and adventurer spirit.  I have to say this tour is a must for anyone and everyone who wants to see a true hidden gem of Arizona … yes, pun intended!

Are you ready to book a tour?  Sami’s Fine Jewelry is offering the trip of a lifetime! Be one of the few to tour the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Located in the rugged desert terrain of the Matazal Mountains, this Arizona mine is one of Arizona’s true treasures. Your day will begin at Sami Fine Jewelry, in Fountain Hills. Provided transportation will escort you to the helicopter take-off point. Space is limited so please call Sami’s Fine Jewelry at (480) 837-8168 to book your tour!


Get out of the Valley and into the Hills

Fountain Hills Fall Event Schedule will have you coming back all season!

The Fountain Hills Special Event season is right around the corner and we want you to get out of the Valley and into the Hills!

This Fall, Fountain Hills will bring back seasonal favorites like Ballet Under the Stars, Oktoberfest, the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts and our 26th Annual Turkey Trot.

However we don’t want you to get too comfortable!  This Fall several new events make their debut such as the Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K.  This event is all about running and beer! You’ll enjoy a well-crafted timed race for brew aficionados of all speeds then you will want to join the fun after-party! Quench your thirst at the post-race celebration of your local craft brew scene.
The Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K is a running experience like no other! Presented by Adidas Running and HUSS Brewing, this event features a Half Marathon and 5K distance. Cross the finish at an Epic Craft Brew After Party with Huss!

Here is a preview of the event!

We are also very proud to welcome back for the second year in a row the CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament!

The CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event, is the largest women’s professional tennis tournament in Arizona and only 1 of 2 women’s professional tennis tournaments in the state.

The field for the CopperWynd Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level typically feature players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world.  They are stepping-stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like the Australian and US Open.

This upcoming season the Fountain Hills schedule is packed full of fun.  Make sure you don’t miss out on a moment of it!  Check out our online events calendar for up-to-date details or click here to download our Special Events Calendar PDF.  See you in the Fall!