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Berkeley Pit

Butte, MT
+1 406-723-3177
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Well, it's a pit full of water.... and it's pretty cool

If you're in Butte it's worth a visit. Pay your entry fee and journey to the pit through a small... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Joseph P
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Butte, Montana
A huge hole

Worth a stop to see the remnants of a huge open pit mine. It is now almost full of contaminated... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
gerleg12
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Vancouver, Canada
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  • Average20%
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

If you're in Butte it's worth a visit. Pay your entry fee and journey to the pit through a small tunnel (this part is pretty cool) and enter the viewing area of the pit. The pit isn't so amazing as sad, sad to see what...More

Thank Joseph P
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

Worth a stop to see the remnants of a huge open pit mine. It is now almost full of contaminated water so you miss some of the immense size.

Thank gerleg12
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

You don't really get a good idea of how big and deep the pit actually is. Having seen the pit when it was in operation in the early 80's compared to the present state is like day and night. Crazy to think of all the...More

Thank danielj9706
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the visitor center at noon on a Wednesday to find it closed even though all the signs there said their hours were 9-6. Really sad we couldn't see it.

Thank Nathalie W
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

I had never seen a mine before, and it was impressive to see what one looked like and what the consequences to nature could be. I would recommend this to anyone for educational purposes already, and the scene left a lasting impression on what mining...More

Thank PearBananas
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Viewing platform that overlooks the Berkeley Pit that was created from open-pit copper mining from 1955 to 1982. The pit is currently filling with water which contains heavy metals from the former mining operations. The new mining operations can be seen in the background of...More

Thank IdahoGems
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The history and the story behind the Pit is interesting and scary to think that this area is so toxic.

Thank Rdray2
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I was alone on the observation deck for the Pit on a fine October afternoon. Recorded information are very good and provide good insights. Plus, some pictures with explanations are available. I would have liked to go nearer the pit itself, but this is probably...More

1  Thank ANGELO V
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Well worth the stop and the $1 entrance fee if you have the slightest interest in mining. Or, even if you are just a big kid who likes to imagine digging a gigantic hole in the ground.

Thank SteveRearington
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Sad that this is what will kill people, but it is a beautiful shade of green blue and part of their history. Sad the birds died here last year when they flew into it. Hopeful the scientists and engineers can find a safe solution.

Thank Bergind
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