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Mine Tours in the Royston Turquoise Mine:

Tours are held April through October on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm, excluding holidays. Meet at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada. Call in advance.

You can also contact Donna Otteson at the number below to arrange special group or individual tours. We expect at least a two week advanced notice for gauranteed tours. Groups by appointment only.



We will no longer offer mine tours at Royston.

Royston Turquoise Mining 2011

Right now we do not allow people to go down into the mines as the liability would be too great and the insurance we would have to get would make the price more than anyone would pay to come dig. Sorry to let you down.

The only mines we know of open to the public are the Virgin Valley Opal mines :

Click here to see a list on google

Dean Otteson hand mining a vein of Royston Turquoise

Note this is a meant as pleasure/education adventure not commercial production.

You will need to bring sunscreen, gloves, a good pair of shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots, etc.), proper clothing (t-shirt, pants, hat, and some warmer layers as the weather may change fast), water, some sort of snack if you desire, and whatever you would like to dig with.

Transportation to mine is limited, so let us know if you need a ride ahead of time.

For Jewelry, cabs, or rough please visit us at our retail/wholesale location Durango Silver Company in Durango, Colorado, located four miles west of Durango at 17897 hwy 160, or our Otteson's Turquoise location in Downtown Tonopah, Nevada right on highway 95.

Enjoy Your Southwestern Travel Experience!

Watch a short version of the "Where to find cash and treasures" Royston Turquoise mining episode on the Travel Channel.

For Jewelry Contact Dillon Hartman


Prospecting Channel At Royston Turquoise Mine

Check out Chris Ralph at the Royston Turquoise mine.

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