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“Otteson's World Famous Turquoise! Awesome!”

Royston Turquoise Mine - Day Tours
Ranked #7 of 14 things to do in Tonopah
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

If you love authentic turquoise & would love to find some for yourself from a world famous mine than this is a must do! I made the trip as a birthday present to myself & if you stay in the Mizpah Hotel, you get a discount! You meet at the Otteson's jewelry store inside the Mizpah Hotel, take care of paper work/money & then drive your own vehicle about half an hour to the mine. If you do not have a 4x4/high clearance vehicle then you can leave yours at the base of the mountain & get a ride up with the guide or someone else that has room for you. They have small hand tools for you to use or you can bring your own. Our guide for the day was Greg & he was great! You get a bag to put your turquoise in & you have 3 hours to fill it which is plenty of time! Greg was very helpful & patient with our group! When your bag is full, you go back to the Mizpah Hotel & go down in the basement where the lapidary equipment is. The guide will pick out a few of your best finds & cut/polish them for you. Be sure to tip your guide!!! If you want to get your stones made/set into jewelry, you can go upstairs to the store & place an order. There is a book for you to look through or you can also described what you want & they will try to make it. Years ago, I bought a necklace from the store & I wore it this day when ordering jewelry to be made. The nice young woman (forgot her name) working in the store said something like "My Grandfather made your necklace" & she was right! When I bought it years ago, I was then told that Lynn Otteson made it himself & she said that was her grandfather! How cool is that? Everyone was so nice & I had the best time ever! Many of the several people I have told my turquoise mining experience to have said they are definitely going to do this & I am definitely going back to do it again!

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

There are very few if any tourquoise collecting opportunities aviable, but the Royston tourquoise collecting experience tops them all. In the Mizpah hotel lobby there is a massive vault, that's the shop. You begin the tour at the hotel on main street Tonopah Nv. There you will meet Dean Otteson, mine owner or his guide and begin your tour.
On the way to the mine you will pass the construction site of the Crescent Dunes Solar tower. Scheduled to begin operation 2014.
Upon arrival at the mine you will be shown what to look for and how to recognize the better tourquoise. Your guide will likely give you plenty assistance in finding tourquoise. Royston tourquoise can be traditional blue or a rarer brite green which is what the Royston mine is famous for.
The three hours at the mine tailings is more than enough time to aquire a respectable amount of tourquoise and avoid the afternoon heat.
After returning to town you will be able to appreciate the collection of tourquoise in there shop and see the lapidary steps in cutting tourquoise.
It is a unique experience at one of the last operating tourquoise mines. The people are great and for a town "in the middle of nowhere", it's a great memory.

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