Kennecott Copper Mine Tour
Kennecott: The largest copper mine in the world!
Kennecott's visitors center is Salt Lake County's most popular tourist attraction. Kennecott provides approximately 13 percent of the country's copper with production of over 300,000 tons of refined copper each year.
$60 / person
An 65-mile adventure!
Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine is the world's largest man-made excavation! Located 28 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, the mine is 2 3/4-miles across and 3/4-mile deep. It is so big that it can be seen from outer space. Standing at the overlook within the Bingham Canyon Mine, you can see, hear, and feel the breathtaking and awesome magnitude of this massive man-made excavation. While you watch the action in the mine, a descriptive narration recorded in several languages explains the operations.
From the overlook, you can watch 240 and 320 ton capacity haulage trucks deliver copper ore to the in-pit crusher, where the material is reduced to the size of soccer balls before being loaded onto a five-mile conveyor that carries the ore to the Copperton Concentrator. Inside the enlarged Visitors Center, you and your family will take part in interactive displays and exhibits - including 3-D microscopes to examine rock and mineral samples, and displays showing how copper is used in your everyday life. You will also see exhibits ranging from old mining artifacts and model trucks to modern-day operations and environmental engineering as well as three-dimensional models that provide an educational and entertaining experience for people of all ages. Finish your tour with a dramatic new 16-minute video tour in their 90-seat theater, their history, present day operations, and future.
about the mine
- Kennecot's Bingham Canyon Mine has produced more copper than any mine in history - about 18.1 trillion tons
- The mine is 2-3/4 miles across at the top and 3/4 of a mile deep. You could stack two Sears Towers (now known as the Willis Building) on top of each other and still not reach the top of the mine.
- The mine is so big, it can bee seen by the space shuttle astronauts as they pass over the United States.
- By 2018, the mine will be at least 500 feet deeper than it is now.
- If you stretched out all the roads int he open pit mine, you'd have 500 miles of roadway - enough to reach from Salt Lake City to Denver.
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