The Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is set to open for the 2024 season on April 15, 2024. The Visitor Experience, a self-guided tour with exhibits about Kennecott’s 120-yearmining operation and a dramatic view of one of the world’s largest open pit mines, is open to the public. 

The Visitor’s Experience is open through October, weather permitting, and attracts more than 33,000 people each year. 

“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. 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,” said Nate Foster, Kennecott Managing Director.

Guests can take a shuttle to the mine overlook every 30 minutes daily from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 each and free for children under age five. School groups are encouraged to visit and receive free admission. 

Everyone who visits the Kennecott Visitor Experience is positively impacting the local community as all proceeds from the ticket sales and some gift shop proceeds are donated to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation. Last year, nearly $150,000 was given to 81 local charities that support education, environment and community. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience website. Walk-up visitors may not be able to visit the mine overlook if they are at capacity that day; cash transactions are not available at the Visitor Experience.

Rio Tinto Kennecott is a fully integrated mining operation just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. For 120 years, Kennecott has been mining and processing copper and other minerals including gold, silver, molybdenum and tellurium from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine. In addition to Bingham Canyon, Rio Tinto Kennecott operates other facilities, including a refinery, a concentrator and one of only two operating copper smelters in the U.S.