Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience

NOTE: The Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is closed November 1- March 30. We will reopen April 1, 2020 and patrons may purchase tickets starting March 1, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please be aware that the Visitor Experience phone line will be unavailable and emails may not be answered until March 2020.

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

The Visitor Experience is currently closed. When reopened on April 1, 2020 the experience starts at 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.

Visitor Experience address
12732 Bacchus Hwy.
Herriman, UT 84096

Closed
November 1– March 30

Open
April 1 to October 31 (weather permitting)

Pricing

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.

Reservation information

Reservations are available for every half 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 3:00pm and returns by 4:30. Visitors must have a reservation for the day of their visit. Reservations can be made online or onsite at the Bingham Canyon Lions Gift Shop.

Shuttles run on a first come first serve basis. Tickets must be printed or available on a mobile device for scanning upon shuttle entry.

Drinks are available for purchase via vending machines. Food is not currently available at the Visitor Experience.

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 rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com, bookings for large groups are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm.

Gift shop

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 policies

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.

HERRIMAN WEATHER

Groups larger than 18 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.

Download media kit

A media kit is available to tour companies and to organizations providing field trips. The kit has content and materials approved for use including a description of the Visitor Experience, images, maps, and pocket guide in English, Spanish and Chinese.

What you need to know about our visitor experience

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.

Visitor Experience address
12732 Bacchus Hwy.
Herriman, UT 84096

Open 7 days a week
April 1 to October 31 (weather permitting)

Reservation information

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 3:00pm 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.

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 rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com, bookings for large groups are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm.

Safety policies

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 

Gift shop

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.

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 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.

Hours & Location

We are located at 12732 Bacchus Highway, Herriman UT, 84096.

We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week, including holidays.

The first shuttle departs at 8:30 a.m. The last shuttle departs at 3 p.m. All shuttles depart from the Visitor Experience parking lot. Shuttles run every 30 minutes and are first come first served.

The busiest times to visit are Saturdays and public holidays. The busiest time each day is between noon and 3 p.m.

The Rio Tinto Kennecott visitor experience is closed November 1 – March 31. We will reopen April 1 – October 31.

Tickets

Yes. As tickets are not guaranteed at the gate, we highly recommend reserving your tickets online at www.riotintokennecott.com/visit. We have a limited amount of tickets available each day. We do sell out. When sold out, we are forced to turn away visitors that have not purchased tickets in advance.

You are required to scan your ticket. It can be scanned from your phone or you can print it out and bring it with you.

If you are already in the area, there is a chance you can purchase a ticket from the Bingham Canyon Lion’s club upon arrival. However, tickets are not guaranteed at the gate. We highly recommend purchasing your ticket in advance at our website www.riotintokennecot.com/visit. We have limited tickets available each day and do sell out.

Tickets are $5 per person. Children under the age of five get in for free. ALL proceeds go directly to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation. Our foundation supports charities in our local communities.

We do not offer discounts. Tickets are $5 a person with proceeds going directly to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation.

We do not offer discounts. Tickets are $5 a person with proceeds going directly to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation.

Attractions

The experience is completely self-guided. It takes place at our mine overlook. You will have a terrific view of the active pit, be able to walk through two levels of exhibits that explain more about the mining process and the work being done in Utah and across Rio Tinto’s global operations. Large-scale mining equipment is on display, including a haul truck bed and motor. Shade and seating is limited.

The average time is about an hour. It is a 15-minute trip between the Visitor Experience and parking lot on our mine shuttle bus. We recommend reserving about 30 minutes to view the exhibits.

Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, snacks, hats, sunscreen and strollers. The Bingham Canyon Lion’s club has a small gift shop at the Visitor Experience parking lot with souvenirs and snacks for purchase. No beverages are available for purchase. Alcohol is not permitted.

Photos are encouraged. Professional photography inquiries, b-roll and interview requests should be directed to rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com.

Basic restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Experience parking lot and at the mine overlook.

Yes, the Visitor Experience is fully ADA accessible. When you make your reservation, please select an ADA ticket. Guests are encouraged to email rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com to let us know your expected arrival time. We can arrange for our ADA bus to be ready.

We do not allow pets. Only trained service dogs are allowed to visit 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, are deaf or hard of hearing, have diabetes, suffer from seizures, have mobility limitations or other needs. Emotional support animals are not allowed at the Visitor Experience.

Yes, strollers are allowed. Please note in order to travel to the Visitor Experience on our mine shuttle, we ask that strollers are able to be folded and safely stowed onboard.

  • The Visitor Experience will close until the lightning passes and no shuttles will travel to the overlook during that time
  • Shuttles will immediately return from the overlook to the Lark Parking lot
  • Guests should remain in their vehicles until lightning passes


No place outdoors is 100% safe from Lightning. If caught in the open during a lightning and thunder storm you need to seek appropriate shelter immediately! If no shelter is available, you should crouch down immediately in the lowest possible spot and roll up in a ball with feet together on the ground. – DO NOT lie down.

Group Reservations

To book a field trip please send us an email at rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com with your school name, class size and preferred dates to visit.

Please note the Visitor Experience only books field trips Monday through Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience has additional bus capacity at this time. We require one adult chaperone for every seven-to-10 students and can accommodate a maximum group of 68. If you are unable to attend during this time period we may not be able to accommodate your party in one bus trip.

To reserve a trip for a group of 18 or more please send an email to rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com with your name, group size and preferred dates to visit. Groups larger than 18 people must contact Customer Service 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.

In the event of inclement weather or unplanned mine road closures, refunds will be issued. If onsite, see the gift shop attendant.

Visitors wishing to cancel their reservations must do so seven days prior to their scheduled visit in order to receive a refund. Please contact Customer Service via email rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com or by calling (801) 204-2007 to cancel.

Safety Policies

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

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.