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Herriman, Utah: Biggest Pit in the World

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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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Biggest Pit in the World.

Biggest Pit in the World

If the open-pit Bingham Canyon Mine were a stadium, it could seat nine million people. Visitor Center was destroyed by a rock slide in 2013; bus tours to the mine overlook resumed in 2023.

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Biggest Pit in the World

On the morning of April 10 more than 165 million tons of dirt and rocks slid into the bottom of the mile-deep Biggest Pit in the World. It was the largest slide in he history of the mine, wiping out roads and burying steam shovels, dump trucks, bulldozers, and graders. No one was hurt, but the Visitor Center and overlook are now closed, and will remain closed at least through the rest of 2013.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/10/2013]

The big tire at the big mine pit.

Bingham Canyon Mine

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]

Big tire.

Bingham Canyon Mine - Biggest Pit in the World

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]
Biggest Pit in The World

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]

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