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The Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show (Hotel Tucson City Center)

The Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show at the Hotel Tucson City Center (or more commonly known as the InnSuites) is a sprawling hotel complex with many rooms filled with dealers. There is large variety of dealers at this show, with many setting up here in late January and then transferring to the main show at the Convention Center during the second full week in February.

This show has a very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, and is one of my favorite events in Tucson. There are always interesting minerals and new finds to be found in almost all the rooms, as well as interesting people to chat with throughout the grounds. This post contains photos of new and interesting minerals that I encountered at the the Hotel Tucson City Center.


Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme, Artisan Made Gemstones
Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme
Artisan Made Gemstones

Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia, Karp Minerals
Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia
Karp Minerals

Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy, Webminerals
Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy
Webminerals

Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)
Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)

Scolcite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Scolecite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, Barnett Fine Minerals
Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
Barnett Fine Minerals

Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Geologic Desires

Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Kings Minerals
Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Kings Minerals

The Interstate 10 Corridor Mineral Shows

There are literally dozens of mineral and gem shows throughout Tucson during late January and early February. The main cluster of shows takes place at the motels and parking lots along the Interstate 10 Freeway service road west and southwest of downtown. Thousands of dealers set up shop here in the motel rooms and tents throughout this area, creating a true spectacle to behold.


I started my walk at Interstate 10 Freeway and 22nd Street, walking north and visiting the Quality Inn, Howard Johnson, and Travelodge. These motels have their rooms filled with dealers and tents in every surface area. I then continued north along the service road, walking along a quieter area until getting to the Riverpark Inn, where the Pueblo show takes place. This is a very busy show, with many gem, jewelry, and rock dealers, as well as quality mineral dealers with fine minerals for sale. I was considering continuing north to the Rapa River show directly north of the Riverpark Inn but ran out of time.


Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn
Posing in Front of the Rows of Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn

Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel
Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel, Inside and Outside the Motels

Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn
With Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn

Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Investments from Earth
Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Investments from Earth

Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil, Investments from Earth
Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Investments from Earth

Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique, Investments from Earth
Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique
Investments from Earth

Exceptional Aquamarine Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Exceptional Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Investments from Earth

New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Eldorado Co., California, The Uncarved Block
New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Eldorado Co., California
The Uncarved Block

Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite), Rocksaholics LLC
Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite)
Rocksaholics

Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Rocksaholics

Cool Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Cool Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Uniquely Carved Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Large Quartz Points and Spheres, Quartziam
Large Quartz Points and Spheres
Quartziam

Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn
Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn

Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records
Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records