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The Pit.

Biggest Pit in the World

Field review by the editors.

Herriman, Utah

The Bingham Canyon Mine holds the coveted title of "Biggest Pit in the World" -- and it is a major tourist draw. Why bother with the way-the-heck-out-of-the-way Grand Canyon when you can gaze at something just as spectacular only a 90 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City?

The Kennecott Copper Corp. has been digging this hole for over a century -- and it is proud. Signs on the site boast: "A mountain once stood where this huge bowl is now." One-half mile deep and 2.5 miles wide, if it were a stadium it could seat nine million people.

View of the pit from the overlook.

Kennecott digs approximately 250,000 tons of rock out of the pit every day, so this is one attraction that gets bigger and better every time you visit.

The overlook and Visitor Center were wiped off the face of the earth on April 10, 2013 by a 145-million-ton landslide -- a not uncommon event on the edge of a giant pit. Tours to the pit overlook resumed in 2023, and the company recommends booking in advance through its website to ensure that you get a seat on the bus. Gazing into the pit is popular!

Biggest Pit in the World

Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience

Address:
12732 Bacchus Hwy, Herriman, UT
Directions:
From UT-85/Mountain Way turn west at the stoplight onto Daybreak Pkwy/W 11800 S. Drive about three miles. When the road ends, turn left at the stop sign onto Bacchus Hwy. Drive two miles. Turn right at the Bingham Canyon Mine sign, then an immediate second right that leads to the tour bus parking lot.
Hours:
April-Oct. Daily 9:30-2:30 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Bus to overlook: $6.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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