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  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Visit two Utah treasures in one day on this tour from Salt Lake City. Explore the Kennecott Copper Mine, the world’s largest excavation and open-pit copper mine that’s one of the few man-made creations visible from space. Then, visit the famous Great Salt Lake, the saltiest lake in the Western Hemisphere.

Highlights

  • Discover two Utah treasures, one natural and one man-made, on this tour from Salt Lake City
  • Explore the world’s largest excavation copper mine with your expert guide
  • Visit the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included from downtown hotels only

What You Can Expect

Kennecott Copper Mine and Great Salt Lake Tour from Salt Lake City

Copper Mine Tour

After pickup from your downtown Salt Lake City hotel in the afternoon, you’ll be taken to the Kennecott Copper Mine, the largest and richest copper mine in the world and one of the few man-made creations visible from space.

Travel high into the Oquirrh Mountains to see the world's largest waste-rock repositories and earth-moving trucks. At an overlook to the Kennecott Copper you’ll learn about the mine’s 100-year history. It was once a small company, but is now a premier copper supplier and the largest private economic driver in Utah.

After your time here, head to the Great Salt Lake, a unique lake known as America’s Dead Sea. Your guide will explain how this lake is the remnant of Lake Bonneville, a great Ice Age lake that rose dramatically from a small saline lake 30,000 years ago.

You'll discover how this amazing lake came to be the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. Visit the Saltair Resort on the lake’s southern shore and discover the surrounding bird habitats, containing more than 250 species of birds.

After your tour of these Utah gems, you’ll be taken back to your downtown hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide was Chris. We traveled in a van since it was a small group of people. There was about 8 of us. I had read the reviews of other people concerning the road leading to the Kennecott Copper Mine. It was very narrow and steep getting to the mine. Chris went out of his way to assure everyone that he had driven this road many many times before. He pointed out many areas of the road and surrounding land that the mine owns. He stopped so that we could take pictures of the beautiful mountains and the Great Salt Lake. He was very knowledgeable of the whole area that we visited. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Salt Lake City.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We greatly enjoyed this trip our trip. The guide was very informative and knowledgable. The drive up to the top of the copper mine is not for the feint hearted! It is very steep with some sheer drops but the views from the top are worth it. The Great Salt Lake is a must to see if you are visiting the city. We enjoyed both parts of the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The guide was very informative and entertaining. Ages of those in the tour appeared to range from middle 30's to middle 70's and everyone seemed to have a good time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I thought it was an amazing trip. To be able to see down into the copper mine was an experience I will not forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

great tour of the Salt Lake and the cooper mine

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

This was a very interesting worthwhile half day tour. Our driver was very informative and shared many interesting stories and clearly enjoys his job. Was great to be able to paddle in part of the salt lake. The air conditioned vehicle was very comfortable and we had some good views of the Salt Lake area on our way up.
Not sure what we would have done with ourselves on such a hot day if this tour had not been available at short notice.
Thanks to our excellent tour guide and driver.
Malcolm and Rosita

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The tour of the mine was great---the driver, Chris, was very informative and patient-----even took our picture and spotted lots of wildlife while driving back to the city-------we appreciated the changing of the bus as the AC was not working and it was HOT------thanks.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

I was disappointed in this tour. We were still a long way from the mine. I know this is because of the landslide two years ago, but we didn't get very close. Couldn't see any thing without binoculars. That said, I really enjoyed the trip up the mountain, the views were spectacular! Our guide , Chris, was great. He seemed very knowledgeable and made the trip very pleasant.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2014

THE SALT LAKE PORTION LED BY CHRIS WAS VERY GOOD. AFTER THE SALT LAKE PORTION THE TOUR GROUP WAS BROKEN INTO TWO GROUPS, ONE GOING WITH CHRIS AND THE OTHER WITH A NEW GUIDE. WE UNFORTUNATELY GOT THE NEW GUIDE. HE WAS ONE OF THE WORST GUIDES WE HAVE HAD. WE RECOMMEND SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING A REPLACEMENT FOR HIM. HE GAVE VIRTUALLY NO INFORMATION ABOUT THE MINE... MOSTLY TALKED ABOUT HIMSELF.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Tour should have been fantastic but we got stuck in the snow going to the Kennecott Copper Mine. Never did make it up to the mine.The van should have had 4 wheel drive and snow tires, and did not even have a shovel! Luckily a local happened to be coming down the mountain and was equipped with a shovel and assisted with getting us unstuck and back on the track down the mountain. Otherwise, we may have spent the night on the side of the mountain!! The driver did remain very calm and positive throughout. Would have been nice to see the view from the top but ....

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