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This tour takes you behind the scenes of the Asarco Copper Mine. It was really neat to see the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
A great look at Arizona Corporate mining

We've been here a few times and always refer our guests to this attraction. The tour takes you into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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, On Hwy 177, 10 miles south of Superior , north of Kearny AZ, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

2  Thank Martrose8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

2  Thank MikeN2684
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

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

Thank orto0008
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Went with son and grandchildren to this tour yesterday. It begins with an explanation of the process of extracting and refining copper in the foyer of the small museum, and then continues by bus 6 miles into the huge mine sit. This is an open-pit...More

3  Thank NormanSantaFe
Reviewed April 17, 2018

Took the tour a while ago. Very informative and interesting. I loved the gift shop then. Went back at the end of last winter season to purchase a gift! Not disappointing at all. Lots to choose from and good pricing. Visited again this February with...More

1  Thank hollorageo
Reviewed April 6, 2018

Informative tour about a current active copper mine. Visit during the cooler months, not during summer. I would recommend that they have more interactive displays for children; it was clear that those on our tour were very bored. It was difficult to follow the actual...More

Thank Rosie K
Reviewed March 20, 2018

There are many interesting things to se and do around the Tucson area and this place is no exception. Located about 15 miles west of Tucson this was a must see stop for my wife and I. We called the Discovery Center the day before...More

1  Thank 380passingthru
Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful mine tour see it first hand giant pit and milling operation help keep America going strong with resources

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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