Sahuarita, Arizona: Open Pit Copper Mine Tour

Bus takes you to stand at the edge of the open-pit mine -- two miles wide -- then view the copper mill in operation.

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center

1421 W. Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ
ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center. I-19 exit 80. Turn west onto W. Pima Mine Rd, then make an immediate left (south) onto W. Mineral Hill Rd. Drive a quarter-mile. Turn right into the parking lot.
Tu-Sa 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Discovery Center is free. Mine tour is $10.
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ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center

Visit the exhibit center and video theater, then take a tour of the Asarco Mission Mine, the only open copper pit mine tour in Arizona. Stand at the edge of the open-pit mine, then view the copper mill in operation.

[Kirk Ehnisz, 02/11/2019]

The pit is two miles wide, and the observation point has classic binocular viewers. Claimed: "About six times the amount of earth moved to dig the Panama Canal has been mined here."

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