May 25th through September 30 & Oct 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20. Call for tour times
The tour leads visitors through the world of underground mining. Visitors don hard hats and enter a “cage” for the descent into the mine. The 1 1/2-hour mine tour will take you half a mile down into the earth. Once underground you will be treated to a 3/4-mile train ride to the last and deepest area mined. The mine is 51 F year-around, so remember to bring a warm jacket or sweater and sturdy shoes. The park offers group tours to schools, colleges, organizations and businesses. Tours meet at the visitor center.
Walking Drift Tour
Wednesdays only May 29th to September 25th 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The tour explores how geologists found the iron ore buried deep in the Earth’s crust. Visitors will search for geologic clues on a ¾ mile walk that follows the route miners took to work each day. They will also discover the tools that the miners used in their exploration for the iron ore. It will involve walking on uneven surfaces in a cold, dark and wet environment. The tour is available for individuals 10 years of age and older. The tour offers a new look at the mine and a chance to gain new insight into its workings.
Secrets of the Deep: Science Tour
Daily May 25th to September 2nd 10:00 am – 11:15 am
The tour takes the place of the physics lab tour that was offered in the past. The new science tour, which lasts 80 minutes, includes a cage ride to the 27th level of the mine, at which point visitors will enter the former physics lab. Participants will learn about the major experiments that were conducted in the lab. They will also see how scientists are using bacteria found in the mine as they search for a treatment for white nose syndrome (a fungus that is causing bats to die), an alternative energy source or a means for purifying water.