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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
+1 520-625-7513
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My wife and I did the tour 20 years ago and I could hard wait to go again. Everything is big... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Burien, Washington
An Exploring and learning highlight of our trip.

Well worth the $10 (discount for children and seniors). Both our driver and guide were... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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, and “if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”Located 20-minutes south of Tucson, AMDC has an exhibit center, theater and gift shop. For a nominal fee, tours are conducted of Asarco's Mission Mine; an active open-pit copper mine. Tour schedule is subject to change, reservations are recommended.
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1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
+1 520-625-7513
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I did the tour 20 years ago and I could hard wait to go again. Everything is big, really big. The tires on the trucks hauling out the ore cost $65,000 each and must be replaced every six months. These trucks must...More

Thank Angeles
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth the $10 (discount for children and seniors). Both our driver and guide were knowledgeable. We even saw a blast! The gift shop was stocked with area artist and we bought a pound of copper to take back home. Best to call ahead and...More

Thank jmweb1026
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor's center is well done and provides a lot of information. The tour is great and our tour guide was so knowledgeable. The size of the mine was very impressive. Great time.

1  Thank Nomad0717
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visitor's Center is well-done and presents a good overview of copper mining. Take the time to go on the tour as well. Visitor's Center also has a small gift shop with nice "regional" gifts, books, mineral samples, jewelry, etc. Well worth a visit!

1  Thank T3342JYpatriciat
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Before my visit, I did not realize that the majority of US copper is mined in Arizona. The visitor center has a good array of videos that show all the stages of mining and refining. The included visit to the rim of the open pit...More

1  Thank Alan N C
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I’ve taken this tour before and I’ve given it five stars. This time, we had a tour guide who seemed to resent questions. He had a bad attitude and made a couple of snide remarks. I understand that people are against open pit mining and...More

Thank sperry_twiggins
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Very interesting information about copper mining. Easy trip from Tucson. Nice shop with beautiful art pieces and other things for sale in the smallish gift shop and Arizona visitors center on site. Would have loved to take the mine tour, but didn’t have time.

Thank Anita L
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We have taken many visitors to see this place. It is a good tour and is very interesting to see and learn about the process of getting ore out of the ground. Well worth taking the tour.

Thank brucef587
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The asarco mineral discovery center tour starts with an explanation of what they mine. There's a short film that you're able to watch in your own right outside the gift shop. then it goes onto a bus and unfortunately it had broken air conditioning and...More

1  Thank VikFam
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

The entire family loved the informational videos, the hands on table with great explanations from out guide Tabitha, then the tour was fantastic! Saw wild mustangs, and the behemoth truck driving up and down the mine, unloading and going by. Really enjoyed all the information...More

1  Thank Angela W
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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