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The Otteson's World Famous Turquoise

The Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise in Tonopah

The Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise, The Royston Turquoise Mine, & a Must-Do in the Silver State of Nevada…

Travel Nevada recently experienced what they refer to as “one of the most authentic Nevada experiences you could ask for.” And, they know exactly what they’re talking about.

Turquoise at the Otteson's Royston Turquoise Mine
Turquoise at the Otteson’s Royston Turquoise Mine

Turquoise Mining

Royston Turquoise is known for its distinction of endless hues world wide. A wide range of Turquoise colors from beautiful soft blues to emerald greens often run together in the same rock, creating some of the most spectacular Turquoise stones on Earth.

Royston Turquoise
Royston Turquoise

The Royston Mine is one of the last American mines in operation today.

After relocating their family to the Tonopah area in 1958, the Otteson family has been running a gamut on the turquoise industry since. The Royston Turquoise Mine separates itself with distinction, as it is known worldwide for having a wide range of colors. While the deeper aquamarine hues are considered to be the most valuable, visitors can find just about every hue of blue greens at the Royston Turquoise Mine. From emerald greens to soft baby blues, the beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and visitors will have the luxury of collection whatever they please.  – See more at: http://travelnevada.com/discover/immersive-experiences/ottesons-turquoise-royston-mine#sthash.6ljqPjLn.dpuf
Best yet, Tonopah lies just in between Reno and Las Vegas, which means it’s a manageable escape from the big city. Tours begin at the Otteson Turquoise Jewelry shop, where visitors will carpool out to the Royston Turquoise Mine, a short 30 minute drive from the Mizpah.  – See more at: http://travelnevada.com/discover/immersive-experiences/ottesons-turquoise-royston-mine#sthash.6ljqPjLn.dpuf

HISTORY: The Otteson Family & The Royston Turquoise Mine

The Otteson family has been running a gamut on the Turquoise industry since they relocated to the Tonopah area in 1958.

Controlling the majority of the Royston Turquoise mining district, most of their days are spent excavating this beautiful gemstone. Visitors have the opportunity to dig and sort through Turquoise-laden mounds with hands-on-tours with the Ottesons themselves.

Miner digging out turquoise

Tractor over Turquoise vein at Royston Mine
Tractor over Turquoise vein at Royston Mine

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Tours

$100 per person Ages 18 +

$50 Ages 13-18

Kids Under 12 are Free with Paying Adult

Tours are held Wednesday – Saturday from April to October and run from 10 AM until 2 PM.

The tours begin and end at the Otteson’s Showroom in the vault of Tonopah’s historic Mizpah Hotel. Visitors may each fill one large bag for collection during their mining experience. After three hours of getting their hands dirty at the mine, the group is brought back to the Showroom at the Mizpah. Here, the Otteson’s personally help sort, cut, and polish your most valuable finds.

The Otteson's World Famous Turquoise
The Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise Showroom at the Mizpah Hotel
turquoise mining at royston mine
Turquoise Mining at Royston Mine with the Ottesons

Guests also have the option of having their turquoise transformed into handmade jewelry.

filing down the turquoise

In fact, the Discovery Channel’s Kirsten Gum of “Where to Find Cash & Treasures” and “Treasure Hunter” featured her turquoise mining experience with the Ottesons on TV. One of her finds is displayed in the Showroom at the Mizpah.

Mining with The Ottesons at the Royston Turquoise Mine; A Must See and Do in the Silver State

100 N. Main Street

Tonopah, NV 89049

Phone:(775) 482-9889

The Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise, The Royston Turquoise Mine, & a Must-Do in the Silver State of Nevada…

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“The highlight of our trip to Death Valley!” -Heidi P., Waukesha, Wisconsin

You wouldn’t know it, but the hills in the Tonopah area are riddled with unimaginable amounts of turquoise. With a retail store and tour office located in the alluring Mizpah Hotel in downtown Tonopah, plan ahead for one of the most authentic Nevada experiences you could ask for: turquoise mining. Best yet, Tonopah lies just in between Reno and Las Vegas, which means it’s a manageable escape from the big city. Tours begin at the Otteson Turquoise Jewelry shop, where visitors will carpool out to the Royston Turquoise Mine, a short 30 minute drive from the Mizpah.

After relocating their family to the Tonopah area in 1958, the Otteson family has been running a gamut on the turquoise industry since. The Royston Turquoise Mine separates itself with distinction, as it is known worldwide for having a wide range of colors. While the deeper aquamarine hues are considered to be the most valuable, visitors can find just about every hue of blue greens at the Royston Turquoise Mine. From emerald greens to soft baby blues, the beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and visitors will have the luxury of collection whatever they please. 

As the Otteson’s control the majority of the Royston Turquoise mining district, they spend most of their days excavating this beautiful gemstone which is then processed, sorted and then sold to silversmiths around the world. Just like the Otteson’s, visitors will have the chance to dig and sort through turquoise-laden mounds, almost as far as the eye can see. 

With each guest allotted one large bag for collection, they will spend three unforgettable hours prospecting their own finds. Afterward, visitors will be brought back to the Mizpah where the Otteson’s sort through your best pieces, ultimately cutting and polishing your most valuable stones. One thing is for certain, each guest will most definitely walk away with many stones. The question isn’t if you’ll find it, but how much of it and what grade you will uncover! The experience really comes full circle when guests are presented the option of having their turquoise transformed into jewelry, having the resident silversmith create your favorite bauble.

Before you secure your spot, be sure you’re prepped for the elements and remember to bring sunscreen, gloves, closed toed shoes, proper clothing [as weather may rapidly change], and lots of drinking water. Tours and held on Wednesday and Saturday during the warmer months of April through October. These four hour tours typically last from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and take you into the mine where several generations of the family owned operation reworking to excavate their own findings. As it is a modern operable mine, visitors are presented with a multitude of digging tools and a safety schpeel.

It doesnt get much more authentic with a Nevada experience like this. Definitely a must-see and do in the Silver State! 

Features

  • $100 Per Person
  • $50 Children 14-18
  • Kids under 8 Free
  • Tours held Weds and Sat April-Oct
  • Tours run from 10am-2pm

- See more at: http://travelnevada.com/discover/immersive-experiences/ottesons-turquoise-royston-mine#sthash.6ljqPjLn.dpuf

Convict Lake Resort Fishing Report – July 25, 2014!

Catch of the Week: Joel Beam from Fillmore, CA with a full stringer. The stringer included a nice 5 pound 1 ounce rainbow which was the “catch of the week”. Joel was using yellow Powerbait and he was fishing the Inlet. Congratulations Joel on a great catch!

Other notable catches this week:
   
  • Rita Tratz from Lake Arrowhead, CA with two great fish. One toad was a 4 pound 3 ounce rainbow. Rita added a second quality fish for good measure. It was a 3 pound 8 ounce rainbow. She was using a rainbow Powerbait and she was fishing the Inlet.
  • Bonnie Beam from Fillmore, CA hooked a beautiful 3 pound rainbow. Bonnie was using a yellow Powerbait and was fishing at the Inlet.
  • Lance Dalton from Janesville, CA landed a 2 pound and 12 ounce rainbow. He was using  a Thomas Bouyant and was fishing along the South Shore.
  • Mitchell and Gary Landingham from Mission Viejo, CA with a full 5 pound 5 ounce stringer. They was using a mixture of Salmon Eggs and Powerbait. They were fishing at the Inlet.
Mitchell and Gary Landingham
 
Tactics/Bait: Don’t forget about the old reliable inflated nightcrawler. The bigger stocked trout love them some worms . Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas were doing well in the lake. In the creek salmon eggs were the hot ticket. The most successful Powerbait colors were yellow and rainbow. The Inlet was the hottest spot this week. Other locations fishing well were Hangman’s Tree, Jetty South and North Shore.
Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive: Sierra Slammers, Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Fly Lures, Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-on Fury Shad or Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust on Powerbait.
Here is a list of recommended flies:
Dry Flies: Adams, Female Adams, Cutter’s Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Black/Red Ants, Sierra Bright Dot, Royal Coachman and Hoppers.
Streamers: Wooly Bugger (black, brown, olive, or green), Mutuka (black, brown, olive, or green), Hornberg, and Muddler Minnows.
Wet Flies(Nymphs): Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Zebra Midge (red and black), Copper John (red and copper) and San Juan Worm (brown or red).
Other Resources: View the Convict Lake Fishing Map and Fishing Rig Suggestion brochures. Both brochures are available in the Convict Lake General Store.
Derby News: Fall derby series Ambush at the Lake will be stating on September 1st and will run until November 15th. Enter for a chance to win $6,000 in Resort Prizes! Also mark your calendars for the Morrison’s Bonus Cash Weekend on Oct. 31 - Nov. 2. $2000 in cash prizes.    
 
Weather: Highs are going to be in the mid 70′s and the lows in the low 50′s. Chances of afternoon thunderstorms throughout the beginning of next week. Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate: 7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.
Sunrise – Sunset: Sunrise this week 5:55am – 5:59am and Sunset 8:01pm – 8:06pm.
Stocking: DGF is scheduled to plant at the lake and creek the week of July 28th.