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Review of Queen Mine Tours

Queen Mine Tours
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Owner description: "It's Cool Underground" Explore the depths of Bisbee's famous Queen Mine. Don mining hats, slickers and lanterns worn by miners...ride the mine train deep into the mine...marvel at remaining copper minerals...experience the life of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Open daily. Tour times: 9 AM - 10:30 AM - Noon - 2 PM - 3:30 PM. Tours leave from the Queen Mine Tour building located within walking distance of Historic Bisbee. The mine is a cool, Dress accordingly. No open toe shoes or high heels. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Reservations suggested. Stop by the Queen Mine Store for gem and mineral specimens, jewelry and other unique items.
Reviewed April 14, 2008

Well worth the money, this tour takes you 1500 feet into the Queen mines to see the work done and equipment used since 1875. Everything from hammer and chisel to air powered jack hammers were on display down in the chilly depths. Our guide was an ex-miner and full of great facts and information. You get off of the little mine train 3 times to walk around ( in a work area, in a large mined out cave, and in a blasting area). Not scary at all despite being surrounded by nothing but rock and darkness. Each person gets a mining light and when the groups are together its plenty bright . Additionally each tunnel is pretty wide, so claustrophobia shouldn't be a problem. I was afraid this would be a touristy train ride through a cave, but it was the real deal. Great fun and really informational. Highly recommended.

Thank angelmedia
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Reviewed March 9, 2008

The mine tour takes you 1500 feet into the mine, you get a real mine experience. Before you enter they "dress" you in a yellow jacket, hard hat and miner lamp. The mine is 47 degrees so wear a jacket.

1  Thank JEC111
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Reviewed January 27, 2008

The Queen Mine tours (copper mining) is something you must do while in Bisbee. It is very informative and gives you a new appreciation for the different jobs that people do.

It's a very authentic experience-down to the slickers, hard hats, and lights you have on you. Our tour guide was a former employee back in the 1950's and gave us great insight as to the daily life of a miner at work and at home.

The main hall has the company's mining history and how it contributed to the city of Bisbee, AZ. Definitely a must do!!

A tip: Because it is an underground mine it does get cold (about 45 degrees) so be sure to layer and wear comfortable walking shoes.

2  Thank TrvlnDixie45
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Reviewed April 7, 2007

Can't say enough good things about this tour. Put on the hardhats, slickers, and heavy lights, climb aboard the bench seats on the little mine train, and be prepared for a really informational and fun time. The guides are all ex-miners and have a lot to say. It's cold in there, so be sure to dress appropriately.

2  Thank boojums
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Reviewed February 3, 2007

Our tour of the underground Queen Mine in Bisbee, AZ, began by donning safety gear, a hard hat, lantern with extra battery pack , and slicker. Next we rode a mine train underground. Our guide, a retired miner, gave us colorful explanations of the whole mining process from blasting to raking out the ore, and loading it onto ore cars. The mine is no longer active, but this tour really made it come alive. The tour is not suitable for anyone with claustrophobia, or difficulty climbing stairs.

The same company offers van tours to an inactive open pit mine. This is definitely not worth the time or money. You can visit the observation point on your own.

3  Thank trailergypsy
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