Active Mine Company Tours
Experience the life of a miner as you take an exciting tour of a modern day mining company. Visitors will slip into steel toe boots and put on hard hats adding to the experience. These 1 ½ hour tours will walk you through the mining process of turning iron ore into taconite pellets. Visitors have the opportunity to watch miners and their massive equipment at work up close. Watch 30-yard capacity shovels, so big that a 4X4 truck could fit inside their buckets, load overburden into 3-story 240-ton mining trucks. See 80-car trains pulled by three locomotives filled with taconite pellets cruise near 500-foot deep iron laden canyons. Discover 100-ton maintenance trucks, large drilling rigs and huge bulldozers. A knowledgeable guide will narrate your adventure. Children who love Tonka Toys® will remember the experience all their lives. Group tours and school groups welcome. Tour guide recommended. Available by reservation.
US Steel / Minntac (Mountain Iron)
Tours are available every Friday at 10 am. and 1 p.m. from June 1st through August 31. Tours depart from the Mountain Iron Senior Center and last 1-1/2 hours. For more information call 218-749-7299.
Hibbing Taconite Tours (Hibbing)
Tours are available on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon from June 23rd to August 19th. (no tours will be offered on August 4th and 5th). Tours depart from Ironworld Discovery Center and take approximately 2 hours. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through Ironworld at 800-372-6437. Children must be 10 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult.