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Arizona Mines Tourist Information

The department receives numerous requests for information on visiting Arizona's mines and mineral collecting sites. The following is a brief compilation listing sites that offer mine tours or mine overviews. Click here to learn about related activites for the visistor to Arizona including: gold panning areas, mineral shows, and mineral and mining museums in Arizona.

Operating Mine Tours

Bagdad Mine
A major open pit copper/molybdenum mine operated by Phelps Dodge. The Bagdad mine is two hours northwest of Phoenix. Free tours by appointment only. Phone: 928-633-3490.

Mission Mine and Mineral Discovery Center
Asarco, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, operates a free mineral discovery center that includes outdoor exhibits of mining equipment and offers one-hour mine tours of its Mission copper mine. Adults - $8.00, Seniors $6.00, Children - $5.00. Group tour rates available. Located 15 miles south of Tucson on I-19 at Pima Mine Road (map to Mission). Phone: 520-625-7513, Tour reservations: 520-625-8233.
Morenci Mine
Two and one half hour bus tour of the Morenci mine, one of the largest open pit mines in the world! Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission fee charged. For Morenci tour information or call toll free: 1-877-646-8687.

Operating Mine Overlooks

Morenci Mine
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 - the Phelps Dodge Morenci mine. The Morenci mine, the largest copper mine in the US, produces over 800 million pounds of copper a year and has moved over 1,000,000 tons in a day! The overlook is about five miles north of the town of Morenci on Highway 191.
Ray Mine
Approximately 85 miles east of Phoenix is the Asarco-owned Ray mine, a major copper producer. Mining operations and equipment may be viewed here daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm or until dusk. The overlook is located approximately 12 miles south of Superior on Highway 177.

Historic Mines

Aguila - Robson's Mining World
An old-time gold mining town offers an impressive collection of antique mining equipment, gold panning, bed and breakfast, and restaurant. Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 4 pm, Sat. and Sun. 8am - 6 pm, Seasonal Oct. 1 - May 1. Six miles north of Aguila on Highway 71. Phone: 928-685-2609.
Tours are available of the famous underground Copper Queen Mine located at the colorful, historic mining town of Bisbee. The Lavender Pit, a large open pit copper mine may also be visited. Open 7 days a week. One-hour tours begin at 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, and 3:30. Admission fee charged. Phone: 520-432-2071.
Tour Ed Schieffelin’s Good Enough silver mine first claimed in 1877. Open daily, tours on the hour from 10-4 (call to verify). 520- 255-0552. In Tombstone, on the corner of Toughnut and Fifth Streets.
Vulture Mine. The mine was discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg. Take US 60 from Wickenburg about 3 miles to the west. Turn left on Vulture Mine Road at the Safeway shopping center and continue south on the paved road for about 12 miles. Call for current information about tour times. Phone: 602-859-2743.
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