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Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)
Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

Utah

The Basics

Despite the fact that visitors aren’t allowed inside the mine—and the fact that the visitors center remains closed until further notice—this working pit mine still ranks among Utah’s most popular attractions. Visitors can stand on an overlook near the pit’s edge, taking in the spectacular views and watching electric shovels fill haul trucks with ore. Sightseeing tours of the Utah Rocky Mountains often include a photo stop at the mine.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salt Lake City

star-5
Excellent trip
Paradise04146434143, Oct 2019
Guided Tour of World's Largest Copper Mine from Salt Lake City
Great trip and tour guide. Lots of interesting information. Can recommend this tour. The mine was breathtaking.
star-5
This tour is well worth the time!
lisasanderson215, Sep 2019
Guided Tour of World's Largest Copper Mine from Salt Lake City
The driver was very knowledgeable so it made the experience all the more impressive. It wasn't too far away from the city.
star-5
Unbelievable sites
stephq102019, Aug 2019
Guided Tour of World's Largest Copper Mine from Salt Lake City
My friend and I went on this tour. The driver was knowledgeable and gave us a bunch of fun facts on our drive to the mine. Once you get there the site was gorgeous. Definitely worth the it.
star-5
Amazing views
kmathis617, Aug 2019
Guided Tour of World's Largest Copper Mine from Salt Lake City
Definitely worth the trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely can take some beautiful Instagram pictures here.
star-4
Major mis understanding
wendel99, Jul 2019
Guided Tour of World's Largest Copper Mine from Salt Lake City
That said Steve offered us a credit for another tour which was very nice and left us feeling very satisfied. Our problem was we paid 60$ plus for 4 people but didn’t need the ride from the hotel and just wanted to meet a the mine for the tour. That was agreed by their staff and when we arrived at the mine we found out it was only 5$ so calling Steve he made it right and the guide did offer nice insights on the mine that we missed. Knowing all this we would have planned differently. They run a solid business and have other tours that sound very nice.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This open-pit copper mine is a must-see for families and anyone with an interest in geology or modern-day technology.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat—there’s no shade at the observation point.

  • Be sure to bring along a camera for a photo opp of the working mine.

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How to Get There

The Kennecott Copper Mine is located at the edge of the three-quarter-mile-deep (1-kilometer-deep) pit mine, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) southwest of Salt Lake City. The easiest way to get there is by driving or taking a guided day trip from Utah’s capital.

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When to Get There

While the mine operates daily throughout the year, the best time to visit is from June to September in the morning or late afternoon. Expect summer temperatures in the 80s and 90s midday.

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What Is Copper Used For?

The copper and other metals produced at this working pit mine help make our modern lifestyles possible. Products made with copper include computer keyboards, cell phones, hot-water heaters, CAT scan machines, and hybrid electric cars.

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