Soudan Underground Mine State Park

This park, and the awesome tours within, is a must-see stop while visiting the Range. Just 24 miles from Virginia, the Underground Mine makes a great day trip from the area. Travel 1/2-mile underground in an elevator and board an ore car for a guided tour of the former mine. Tour guides do a fabulous job of educating and entertaining visitors. Dress warmly! It’s chilly down there. The scientist in your group might enjoy a trip into the high energy physics lab, a separate but equally fascinating tour.

Contact

Soudan Underground Mine State Park is located near Highway 169, north of Virginia, just two miles east of Tower. Call the park at 218-753-2245 or visit the website, here.

Hours & Rates

Tours are offered daily starting May 23 and continuing through September. Group tours are available year-round. Please call park office 218-753-2245 for 2015 tour dates. Admission is $12 for adults; $7 for ages 5-12; and free to children under 5. A state park permit is NOT required to enter the park.

Interesting Facts

The Soudan Underground Mine was Minnesota’s first iron ore mine, sending its first shipment to the ore docks in Two Harbors in 1884 and continuing operation until 1962. Various buildings still stand at the site, and naturalist/interpretive programs are offered throughout the year.