Never seen a mine site? Not a problem! Arizona has several locations and tours which allow you to get a view of what mining looks like up close. There are both lookout points and guided tours which will help your understanding of what mining is and how it works.
Museums featuring mining exhibits abound throughout the state of Arizona. Some exhibits tell the history of mining while other showcase gems and minerals. Several offer tours of mock mines.
The only public tour of a modern working copper mine in Southern Arizona; which features a free exhibit center, video theater, cactus garden, and The Company Store gift shop. One-hour bus tours of the ASARCO Mission mine take visitors to the rim of the open pit mine and into the heart of the grinding mill building.
Located in eastern Arizona about an hour drive northeast of Safford on the scenic Coronado Trail, this site provides a spectacular view of Arizona’s largest mining operation, Freeport McMoRan Morenci mine.