Bingham Canyon, Utah: Bingham Canyon Mine - Biggest Pit in the World
Bingham Copper Mine
- 12800 S. Hwy 111, Bingham Canyon, UT
- Bingham Copper Mine. Entrance to the mine is on the west side of Hwy 111 about 1.5 miles south of Myers Lane/W. 11800 S. Drive up the access road and follow it for several miles around the rim of the pit, which will be on your left, all the way to the scenic overlook and parking lot. No motorcycles allowed on mine property.
- Daily Apr.-Oct. 8 am - 7 pm. (Call to verify)
- Cars $5 - mini tour buses $30 - regular tour buses $50.
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- Worth a Detour
If the open-pit Bingham Canyon Copper Mine were a stadium, it could seat nine million people. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Bingham Canyon Mine - Biggest Pit in the World
Well, we diverted from a mega 19-day road trip to see this just because it sounded so spectacular -- and we weren't disappointed! The visitor center was small but perfectly formed; we only needed about an hour or so there. The massive tire is a great spot for a picture, and the views... well, big! The shop was quite nice too for getting souvenirs. I cherish and use daily my coaster for my tea![MikeIOW, 01/11/2013]
The Kennecott Corporation's Bingham Canyon Mine is amazing to behold. Very impressive museum and displays. There is also a film that is quite informative. The giant tires cost approximately $100,000 each![Britt Marley, 12/23/2012]
Kennecott Utah Copper celebrated 100 years of copper mining in the Bingham Canyon Mine in 2003. The Mine is now more than three-quarters of a mile deep and it's still 2 1/2 miles wide, and it's still the Largest Man Made Excavation on Earth.
In addition to the huge tire in your story (they are bigger now), there is an award-winning Visitors Center with fun and exciting exhibits and displays and a 15-minute video tour of the copper production operations (Mine, Concentrator, Smelter and Refinery). In the spring of 2006, the facility will be relocated 500 feet lower into the Mine at about 6,200 feet above sea level.[Bruce Whitehead, 12/15/2005]
We visited the Bingham Canyon Mine in mid-July. The kids liked it better than the Grand Canyon, probably because of the explosions and heavy equipment. The security guard let us know, however, that we were among the last guests they would have at that spot, since the visitor center was going to be closed and moved. Hurry to see it, or call first.[Karen Carlson, 08/24/2005]