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The public is invited to view one of the world’s largest open-pit mines

May 06, 2024 04:03PM ● By Peri Kinder

The Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is open for the 2024 season, giving people access to dramatic views of one of the world’s largest open-pit mines. Attracting more than 33,000 guests each year, the visitor experience is a self-guided tour that features educational and historical exhibits from the mine’s 120-year history. 

“We’re passionate about mining copper that is critical for everyday living and love giving the community the opportunity to get an up-close look at what we do,” said Nate Foster, Kennecott managing director. “Whether it’s watching our 360-ton haul trucks working in the mine, getting a picture by the 12-foot tire, or learning more about how copper is made, we invite the community to come visit.” 

Shuttles carry visitors to the mine overlook every 30 minutes, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. Located at 12732 Bacchus Highway in Herriman, the experience is open seven days a week through October (weather permitting). Tickets are $6 and free for children under 5. School groups receive free admission. 

Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended as walk-up visitors may not be able to visit the mine overlook due to capacity. Cash transactions are not available at the Visitor Experience. Proceeds from ticket and gift shop sales go to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation which supports local nonprofits working with education and environmental issues. 

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