We are proud to present our coverage of this year's Tucson shows. Every year, at the end of January and beginning of February, the city of Tucson, Arizona, becomes a hub of mineral and gemstone activity, with hundreds of tents and hotel rooms becoming makeshift sources of material. The Tucson show is not a single show, but a collection of many events, both large and small.
One of the largest events of interest to mineral collectors is the InnSuites show. This show, hosted in the Hotel Tucson City Center, is located in a sprawling outdoor hotel complex with hundreds of rooms that become dealer booths. The hotel was originally known as the InnSuites, hence the name of the show, though several years ago the hotel name was changed to the Hotel Tucson City Center. The original InnSuites name has stuck, though this year for the first time I have heard people refer to this show as the "HTCC Show."
This show is a must for anyone visiting Tucson. The quality and quantity of minerals available for sale is astounding. Almost all the fine and well-known mineral dealers have a sales room here, where they move in and set up shop for about two weeks. Our first post of this year's Tucson show is outdoor scenes from the Innsuites, aka the HTCC Show.
Hotel Tucson City Center with New Traffic Pattern.
The old parking area is now a blocked by a wall for pending construction.
Dinosaurs Roaming the Area at the InnSuites
New Tents this Year in the Courtyard Area
More Dinosaurs Roaming the Area
Giant Shark Teeth and Jaw Cast Just Hanging Out at the Show
Gila Monster Replica
The Front of the InnSuites as Dusk Approaches
Early Evening Show Scene
Sunset Over the InnSuites