Hike to Kennecott Copper Mine

Utah Butterfield Canyon Rd.

Added by Prajit Ravindran

  • When the road closes on Nov. 1st, time to hike or snowshoe up
  • Distance: about 2 miles, 4 RT (depending on how far you drive in)
  • Amazing views of Tooele valley, Mount Timpanogos, Salt Lake Valley, Utah Lake and the Wasatch range
  • Breathtaking views of the worlds largest copper mine

From Salt Lake City go on UT-201W, then take Bacchus Highway all the way until the intersection with Butterfield Canyon Road. This is where you can park your car and follow the dirt road for roughly 2 miles until you come to a fork. One road from the fork leads to Middle Canyon and the other to the Copper Pit Overlook. We kept to the RIGHT on the road to the copper pit overlook. The road is a bit tricky but fun.

It can be really windy at the overlook, with winds in excess of 25mph (it even knocked down my sturdy tripod). The sunset provided some amazing photo opportunities as well as the nighttime skies. The copper mine is so huge that it can also seen by astronauts in the space shuttle as they pass over the US.

Pack List

Depending on how far you want to drive in a 4X4 with high clearance

Hiking:
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking gear
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • A warm jacket
  • Camera
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Sunblock
  • Lip balm
Snowshoeing:
  • All of the above
  • Snowshoes
  • Snow gear
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Scenic

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6 months ago

Beautiful

Super nice hike! The views are amazing!

6 months ago

7 months ago

Beautiful Views

Amazing views of one of the worlds largest mines, and spectacular views of SLC!

7 months ago

Added by Prajit Ravindran

Hello, My name is Prajit Ravindran. I am a landscape/adventure photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I specialize in photographing the night skies, usually with a human element in it

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