Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience
In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we will be keeping the Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience closed until further notice, including the 2021 season.
We appreciate your understanding.
While the visitor experience is not able to accept in-person visitors, we invite you to take a virtual tour of our operation and continue learning about the Rio Tinto Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine.
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 an essential element–copper–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.
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.
What you need to know about our visitor experience
In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we will be keeping the Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience closed until further notice. We will be refunding all tickets purchased for the 2020 season.
We appreciate your understanding.
Visitor Experience address
12732 Bacchus Hwy.
Herriman, UT 84096
Closed until further notice.
Tickets are $5 each and children under the age of five are free. All proceeds will be generously donated to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation, a Utah-based charitable organization committed to positively impacting the community since its inception in 1992.
Know Before You Go
- We recommend purchasing tickets online. You won’t be guaranteed a ticket if you’re walking up. We have a limited amount of tickets each day, if they are sold out online, we’re at capacity for the day.
- Be prepared for the weather, the Visitor Experience is completely outdoors. The weather at the mine is sometimes different than that of the rest of the valley. On sunny days, it will be hot. Bring water, sunscreen and sun protection. A jacket or umbrella if it looks like it may rain. In the colder months, be prepared for wind and cool temperatures.
- It is a self-guided tour. There are many exhibits for you to see and read about the mine, it’s history and operations.
- Take lots of pictures, but we do not allow professional photography
- If you’re bringing a large group out, please email us email@example.com, bookings for large groups are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm.
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.
Safety is essential to everything we do at Kennecott. We’re committed to protecting the health and safety of all our 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 available near the gift shop, but not food service
• Sunscreen and hats or visors 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 animals are not allowed on the Visitor Experience at this time.
Terms and conditions
By purchasing a ticket, you agree to ASSUME THE RISK of any injury, death, loss, or damage, which you may suffer. In consideration for entrance into the Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience, you hereby indemnify, release, and forever hold harmless, Kennecott and all of its trustees, directors, managers, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, representatives and those of its affiliated companies (collectively the “Releasees”) for any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that you may sustain or loss or damage to any property belonging to you, whether caused by the ordinary negligence of Releasees or otherwise, arising out of or related to your use of the visitor experience.