Located west of city center in the Oquirrh Mountains, this facility is both the world's oldest and largest open-pit ... More
Bingham Canyon Copper Mine
Located west of city center in the Oquirrh Mountains, this facility is both the world's oldest and largest open-pit copper mine. In operation since 1863, Bingham Canyon Copper Mine has yielded 12 million tons of copper and a few lucky finds of gold and silver, as well. Today, the pit spans two and one-half miles and sinks one-half mile into the earth. An overlook provides excellent views of the mine, while a visitors' center offers displays and information. Motorists should call ahead to confirm hours before making the long trip out. Open daily 8a.
Took the family here summer 2006. Boy, 9 and two girls 11 and 15. They were fascinated by the huge trucks with the huge tires. We watched the trucks go back and forth for 15-20 minutes. Kids were amazed at the size of the trucks. Inside, the movie and exhibits were very interesting. Haven't seen anything like this before or since. Amazing.
This is one awesome sight in which ordinary people like me would never get to see very often. This working copper mine is a sight to behold. The size and depth of the open-pit mine is mind-blowing! It would take 2 Sears Tower stacked on top of each other to match the depth of the mine. The giant trucks traversing up and down the mine looked like toy trucks from the observation lookout point. And it's difficult to imagine that a mountain once stood there a century ago. This mine is only half an hour drive from downtown SLC, so this should be everyone's itinerary while visiting Salt Lake City.
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