COMMUNITY

ASARCO MINERAL DISCOVERY CENTER & MINE TOURS

Copper is at the source of our modern society. It’s a primary metal used in the hospitals where we were born, the electricity in our homes, the tools that farm our food, and the transportation that powers our next adventure.

Fun fact: Copper is also naturally found in us and helps make red blood cells and keeps immune systems healthy.

We invite you to take our free self-guided tour of the center’s indoor and outdoor exhibits, which walks through the copper transformation process. Then join the mine tour for a firsthand look! Afterward, peruse the Company Store for unique and educational gifts.

Our Vision Since 1997

Since we opened our doors in 1997, the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours’ vision has been to educate communities on the vital importance of the copper mining industry to our civilization, to educate students and teachers in earth sciences, and to preserve Arizona’s mining history.

In addition to our offerings to the public, we proudly support Arizona schools by providing free transportation to the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center and free mine tours to students.

Free Self-Guided Center Tour

SUMMER HOURS
(MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER)

FREE self-guided center tour and gift shop
Wednesday – Sunday, from 9 am – 3 pm
Closed major holidays

WINTER HOURS
(OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL)

FREE self-guided center tour and gift shop
Wednesday – Sunday, from 9 am – 5 pm
Closed major holidays
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TICKETED MINE TOUR* (Length of tour is approximately 65 minutes.)

SAFETY FIRST: Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.) are required for the mine tour. NO Crocs, flip-flops or sandals are allowed.

SUMMER HOURS
(MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER)

Thursday – Sunday – See winter hours
Ticketed mine tour at 9:30 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 pm
(Reservation are highly recommended. Please call to book.)
Closed major holidays

WINTER HOURS
(OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL)

Wednesday – Sunday
Ticketed mine tour at 9:30 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 pm
(Reservation are highly recommended. Please call to book.)
Closed major holidays

*Disclaimer: MINES ARE INHERENTLY RISKY PLACES. BY OBTAINING A MINE TOUR TICKET (INCLUDING FREE ONES), YOU ARE ASSUMING THE RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH.  ASARCO LLC DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY.  PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.

MINE TOUR PRICES

ADULTS

$17.50

SENIORS (62° YEARS) AND ACTIVE MILITARY

$14.00

CHILDREN (5-12 YEARS)

$7.00

CHILDREN (0-4 YEARS)

FREE

Green Valley and Sahuarita residents $1 off the tour with proof of residency.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MINE TOUR

  • Closed-toed shoes are required to take the tour. No Crocs, sandals, or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • We suggest bringing a water bottle (filtered water station is available in the Center).
  • Please dress comfortably.

PHONE NUMBER & ADDRESS

+1 (520) 625-8233
1421 West Pima Mine Road
Sahuarita, Arizona 85629

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Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours

We are open for public mine tours. Book yours today!

Please call-in advance to reserve.
Phone: +1 (520) 625-8233

FRIENDLY REMINDER:
Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.) are required for the mine tour.
No Crocs, flip-flops or sandals will be allowed.