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Combine a Kennecott Copper Mine visit with a visit to Great Salt Lake on this interesting excursion from Salt Lake City that introduces you to some of Utah's natural resources. With a guide, you’ll view the Kennecott mine, one of the largest excavation and open-pit copper mines in the world from a picturesque mountain overlook before heading to the western hemisphere’s biggest saltwater lake, where you’ll learn about its geological history and watch for birds.


  • 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

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

Copper Mine Tour

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.

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