Your tour to two of Utah’s most fascinating geological destinations starts with pickup from hotels in downtown Salt Lake City for the drive to the Kennecott Copper Mine, one of the only man-made structures on Earth that can supposedly be spotted from space.
With your guide, you’ll journey into the Oquirrh Mountains to see mining operations such as waste-rock repositories and large trucks that carry heavy loads. From an overlook at 9,000 feet elevation, you can view the mine while learning about its century-old history, from its origins as a small company to its current status as a major copper supplier and one of Utah’s biggest private businesses.
Next, leave the copper mine for Great Salt Lake, aka the Dead Sea of the United States. Hear from your guide about how the lake—the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere—was once part of ancient Lake Bonneville, a large body of water from the Ice Age. At Saltair Resort on Salt Lake’s south shore, you can watch out of some of the 250-plus species of local birds. Your tour then ends with return to the city for hotel drop-off.