Visitor Experience, Kennecott

Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience

Ever wondered what one of the largest man-made, open-pit excavations, looks like up close and personal? Come and see for yourself at Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience at the Bingham Canyon Mine. Learn about our history and see first-hand the gigantic scale of its operation, vehicles, and artifacts. Discover how ore gets processed and refined to become 99.99% copper, an essential element in today’s infrastructure, manufacturing, and technology. The Visitor Experience is dedicated to educating the public about the key role Kennecott 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 119 years, it is one of the top performing mines in the world and has provided more wealth for the state of Utah than any other company.

Tickets

Tickets are $6 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.

You can purchase up to 20 tickets at a time. For large groups please email rtkvisitorexperience@riotinto.com.

A Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design (ADA) compliant shuttles are available and must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. The shuttle can accommodate two wheelchairs and twelve guests.

Visitor information

  • The Visitor Experience is a self-guided tour with many exhibits for you to see and read about the Bingham Canyon mine, its history, and operations. 
  • Tickets should be purchased in advance. There is a limited number of tickets available each day. Walk-up visitors run the risk of not being able to visit the mine overlook if we are at capacity that day.
  • Shuttle service to the mine overlook runs 7-days a week starting each day at 9:30am and runs every 20 minutes with the last shuttle departing at 2:30pm (and returning by 4:00pm).
  • The entire experience takes about an hour, but can run longer depending on how long you visit the mine overlook. 
  • You are welcome to take pictures of your visit, however professional photography is not allowed. 
  • Be prepared for the weather as the Visitor Experience is completely outdoors. The weather at the mine is sometimes different than that of the rest of the Salt Lake Valley. On sunny days, it will be hot. Bring water, sunscreen, and sun protection. If it looks like it may rain, please consider a jacket or umbrella. In the cooler months, be prepared for wind and cold temperatures.
  • The Visitor Experience is open from April-October, weather and COVID-19 controls permitting. During off-season, we invite you to take a virtual tour of our operation and continue learning about the Bingham Canyon Mine.
Visitor Experience Map, Kennecott

Gift Shop

The Bingham Canyon Lions Gift Shop, located in the 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 - and your safety is our number one priority when visiting the Bingham Canyon Mine. We are 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 shuttle services to visit the overlook
  • 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 (always fenced or otherwise)
  • Use of drugs, alcohol or smoking/vaping are strictly prohibited
  • Firearms, knives, and other weapons are prohibited on all Rio Tinto Kennecott property
  • Unauthorized use of drones or professional photography are prohibited on all property
Visitor Experience, Kennecott

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 and certified 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 Utah Copper LLC and its affiliate companies and all of their trustees, directors, managers, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, and representatives (collectively the “Releasees”) for any and all liability, claims, expenses, 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.