If you are overweight, short of breath, acrophobic, or have knee or back problems, choose another trip. If you have any doubt of your ability to hike to Spruce, go to a high rise building and stairclimb to the 30th floor in 50 minutes. This is how you will feel when you reach the collecting area at Spruce. You´ll need to have enough energy left to swing a hammer! We hike in and out as a group, so the slowest person determines group speed.
Road access to our trailhead is via a rocky logging road. High clearance vehicles (7 inch minimum) are required. 4WD is not necessary.
$2600. per group of up to 4. Our individually-booked Spruce day trips have ended. These group digs can occasionally be arranged weekdays in August. Price is the same whether your 'group' is one person or four.
Ownership of Spruce has been transferred to Spruce Collectors, LLC, a membership organization that exists to provide excellent collecting opportunities for its members. There are no memberships currently available. Email us to get on our list for future membership sales.
A group of museum curators chose Spruce as one of the top 50 mineral localities ever mined in the U.S. for America's Mineral Treasures, a project for the 2008 Tucson Gem & Mineral show. Read the Spruce chapter from the accompanying book (copyright 2008 Lithographie, LLC) Spruce Ridge article (PDF, 778k, opens in a new window)