Founded in 1903, Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the largest man-made open-pit excavations in the world! The operation is so immense, it can be seen from space. The mine operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With over 20 million tons of refined copper ore produced in the past 116 years, it’s one of the top performing mines in the world and has provided more wealth for the state of Utah than any other company.
Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience
Join Rio Tinto Kennecott for the inaugural season of the new Visitor Experience at Bingham Canyon Mine. Learn about the history of this amazing mine and see first-hand the gigantic scale of its operation, vehicles and artifacts. Discover how ore gets refined to become copper – an essential element in today’s technology. The Visitor Experience is dedicated to educating the public about the importance mining plays in modern life, safe mining practices and responsible environmental stewardship.
The Visitor Experience starts a the Lark visitor parking area. After check-in visitors are shuttled up to the Bingham Canyon Mine overlook to see the spectacular mine and exhibits.
Reservations are available for every hour starting at 8:30am. Shuttles to the mine overlook depart from and return to the Lark parking area every 30 minutes. The last shuttle departs at 3:15 pm and returns by 4:30. Walk-up ticket purchases are available at the Bingham Canyon Lions Gift Shop. Drinks are available for purchase via vending machines. Food is not currently available at the Visitor Experience.
Groups larger than 10 people must contact Customer Service through email or at (801) 204-2007 a minimum of 10 days prior to the visit. Special shuttle access to the Bingham Canyon Mine overlook is required and must be scheduled in advance. Tour companies must also schedule in advance. Due to safety regulations, tour groups will need to use Kennecott provided shuttles.
Bingham Canyon Lions Gift Shop, located in the Lark visitor parking area, sells an assortment of items. From copper jewelry and trinkets to educational excavation kits, visitors of all ages are sure to find something special to take home with them. While there is a vending machine available with drinks, food is not available for purchase.
Kennecott is committed to protecting the health and safety of all employees and visitors. All safety rules and policies must be followed. If you or anyone in your party is not following these rules or obeying posted signage, you will be escorted off site. Additional safety messaging will be provided on the shuttle to the Bingham Canyon Mine overlook.
Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You must use the Kennecott provided shuttles. Children and adults must wear a seat belt while on the shuttle—car/booster seats are not required, and infants may be held in arms during travel. Stay inside the designated visitor area (fenced or otherwise) at all times. Use of drugs, alcohol or smoking/vaping are strictly prohibited. Firearms, knives and other weapons are prohibited on all Kennecott property. Unauthorized use of drones or professional photography are prohibited on all Kennecott property. Bring water to carry with you during your visit; beverage vending machines are available near the gift shop, but not food service. Sunscreen and hats are recommended.
ADA accessibility and trained service dogs
Upon request, shuttles equipped with two ADA compliant seats are available. These shuttles can be requested during the reservation process. The Bingham Canyon Mine overlook is also ADA accessible. Only trained service dogs are allowed on the Visitor Experience. A trained service dog is defined as a dog who has received training to assist those who are blind or have low vision, deafness or hard of hearing, diabetes, seizures, mobility limitations or other needs. Emotional support or psychiatric service animals are not allowed on the Visitor Experience at this time.