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Chino mine vista point

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Address: on Hwy 152, about 15 miles east of Silver City, Gps 32. 7917425 N, 108. 0672635 W, Silver City, NM
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Man vs. Mountain

Hard to believe that man has the ability to level a mountain. The Chino Mine is a breathtaking sight which must be viewed with a mixture of awe at man's industrial achievements... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
San Antonio, Texas
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to imagine a hole the size of this one. Moreover, rather than created by nature, this one was made by man. You can look at the Grand Canyon and can appreciate the forces of nature working on that hole for millions of years. The hole you see here is man made as a result of copper mining and... More 

Thank George C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you've never looked into a big open-pit mine... take a look. They are much of a muchness. If you like big mechanical equipment, you might tarry. Mostly we stop every now and then to observe the degree to which humans have separated themselves from nature, to the point of stripping away all that lives to feed a consumer-driven lifestyle.... More 

Thank idiotsabroad
Cornelius, North Carolina
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191 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

My wife and I were surprisingly impressed with this "attraction." Obviously, our modern world needs the metals extracted from the mine for countless reasons -- and it's pretty amazing to see how it's removed from a mountain, one carefully controlled slice at a time. Some might see it as an unsightly desecration of Mother Earth -- but it does have... More 

Thank NCWorldTraveler704
San Antonio, Texas
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Hard to believe that man has the ability to level a mountain. The Chino Mine is a breathtaking sight which must be viewed with a mixture of awe at man's industrial achievements and a feeling of deep sadness at nature's expense. Man's ability to transform the landscape truly takes your breath away, but the cost to the beauty of the... More 

Thank PhoenixRising88
New Mexico, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

You can see the huge hole in the ground and how it keeps growing 24/7. The mining never stops!. There are displays explaining the history of the mine and the area and the operation of the mine. They also talk about how the mining company is returning some of the depleted areas of the mine that are no longer being... More 

Thank Marie G
Saint Charles, Missouri
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

If you are traveling back from the Cliff Dwellings I would stop here for a few minutes. It's a decent photo opportunity and a chance to stretch your legs. It's not much more than that so I wouldn't travel here specifically to see it. It definitely makes you think, and as my husband found it funny that they turned an... More 

Thank Lenoxknits
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A splendid visit that all must see. It's unique and part of what makes Silver City NM. We were welcome as a tourist and everyone was very nice and knowledgeable.

Thank Ken B
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Nice little place to stop and stretch your legs. Cool viewing of mining and a photo op. With educational information about the mine and the history around Silver City. Even had some pamphlets to take from for the Fort and other area interests. Would recommend for a pit stop, no bathrooms.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

From here one can certainly get a good view of the copper mining pit, the kneeling nun can also be seen well from this vantage point. When I look into the pit I see the small town where I was born and spent my early years. The pit eventually consumed what was Santa Rita, some homes were moved to neighboring... More 

Thank Lee M
Denver, Colorado, United States
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242 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Wow is that place HUGE If you get time go visit this mine it is just huge. Hard to understand they get so much copper out of here but still worth the visit

Thank Mary J

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