This is the world's largest man-made excavation as well as the country's first open-pit copper mine. The mine is operational, and produces approximately 15 percent of the nation's copper. The terraced pit is a half-mile deep, about two and one-half wide, and the working area covers 1,900 acres; the mine's open pit is one of only a few man-made objects that can be seen from space.
A visitor center offers information on how copper is produced and used, and an audiovisual presentation is available. An overlook provides an outstanding view of mining operations, open April through October, accessible via 7800 South. The Bingham Copper Pit Overlook is situated on the mountain peak above the mine, from which a panoramic view of the pit, as well as views of the surrounding countryside; high clearance vehicles may be necessary to gain access to the overlook. Open daily.