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Excellent in every way.

We took this tour as a three-generational group. Our six-year-old grandson loved the massive trucks... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cobourg, Canada
Cool mine

This was a hmmm should we go? We were glad we did. Claudia our tour guide did a great job... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is designed to convey the vital importance of mining in our civilization. Everything that we use everyday was somehow extracted from the earth — either by farming or by mining...more
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1421 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
+1 520-625-8233
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We went for a group tour. The tour was good, the guide was informative and the gift shop fully stocked. We had a good time.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MarkT17
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took this tour as a three-generational group. Our six-year-old grandson loved the massive trucks and the ride in the bus to the edge of the open pit. The adults enjoyed learning about how and why the company acts as it does. The guide was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ReddOak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a hmmm should we go? We were glad we did. Claudia our tour guide did a great job explaining the mine, safety regulations.... amazing how large an operation and all the steps to get copper.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MA B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an active open pit mine which adds a lot of interest to the tour. The welcome center has excellent displays and explanations of how copper is mined and processed. The tour began when the guide came to answer our questions and then take...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank zekibey2
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We had a tour by a former employee of the mining perorations the lasted about an hour and a half. He was very knowledgeable and answered all questions by the visitors. It is a huge operation! There were about 10 in our tour group.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank brichanm734
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This tour takes you behind the scenes of the Asarco Copper Mine. It was really neat to see the giant trucks outside the Discovery Center and then look out over the edge of the mine to see those same trucks in action. The mine is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Martrose8
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We've been here a few times and always refer our guests to this attraction. The tour takes you into the bowels of this massive industry.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank MikeN2684
Reviewed September 25, 2018

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about a working copper mine. The size of the open pit and the machinery they use is incredible. And who knew that the value of other precious minerals extracted pays for the cost of running the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank KF_A109
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This is a tour and museum organised in Asarco Copper Mine. As engineer I know how difficult is to visit a operational mine and I appreciate the tour as is showing how the copper mine works with many details in a couple of hours. For...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank lfiloti
Reviewed July 9, 2018

It was a very unique opportunity to visit a working copper mine. The museum and tour were very interesting. The tour takes you to many parts of the mining compound that you would never normally get to see first hand, including the overlook of the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank orto0008
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Response from Rich and Donna P | Reviewed this property |
The tour is done quite well with minimal walking. A bus takes you to the mine overlook which involves very little walking indeed. Maybe a few yards at best. Next you stop at the processing plant. They have provided a nice... More