Explore Kennecott Mine

Five miles up the road from McCarthy sits Kennecott Mine in the old town of Kennicott. (The misspelling in the name goes all the way back to an error on the original paperwork for the development of the mine.) A shuttle van transports visitors to the ghost town to discover all the history of a once-booming copper mine. One of the most profitable mines of its day, Kennecott attracted workers from all over the world and their families. Thanks to excellent restoration work by the National Park Service in recent years, it is not hard to imagine those days gone by. The site tells the story of the mine’s operation from 1911 to 1938, as well as what the social life of the miners and their families was like. Visitors can take a step back in time as they tour the huge mill building, bunkhouses, train depot, workers’ cottages and the power plant.

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Venture along the five-mile road to Kennecott Mine or explore the trails on guided hiking and biking tours.


Navigate the rivers on a guided rafting expedition.


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