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Vulture Gold Mine Tour


Now - November 1, 2014

Registration for this program is now CLOSED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Saturday | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Gold! It is one of the world's most precious metals and, along with copper, the only metal that is not white or silver. It exists on every continent and has fascinated humans for millennia. Alchemists from ancient Egypt to the 18th century tried to turn lead into gold. The Incas regarded gold as "tears of the sun" and held it in religious reverence. Arizona can claim two legendary gold mines: the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine and the Vulture Gold Mine. While the former is just a legend, the Vulture Mine has a fascinating history. We will go on a two-hour guided walking tour and then enjoy a splendid lunch at Wickenburg's famous Rancho de los Caballeros resort. Meet us at the mine, or let us drive you from the Garden. Participants must wear sturdy, close-toed hiking boots due to loose rocks and gravel and high rattlesnake activity. Lunch is included. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. For those self-driving to the program, participants must arrive at the Vulture Mine at 9:30 a.m.

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