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Soudan Underground Mine
1379 Stuntz Bay Rd,
Soudan, MN 55782
Latitude: 47.820484 Longitude: -92.238922
A century slips by when you visit this park. Visitors wear hard hats and journey down 2,341 feet via a "cage." On the 27th level, the transportation shifts to a rail car for a ride back into the mine as you listen to the stories of the mining days. Above ground visitors can explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house. Visitors also can walk the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits or hike the trails in the park through a northern hardwood conifer forest, past the famous Soudan Iron Formation.
See Soudan Underground Mine Tour Brochure
Historic Underground Tour: 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 90-minute 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 50°F year-around, so remember to bring a warm jacket or sweater and sturdy shoes. Public tours run from Memorial Day weekend through the third week in October. The park offers group tours to schools, colleges, organizations and businesses. There is a charge for the underground mine tour.
Physics Lab Tour: The Soudan Underground Laboratory is the leading deep underground science and engineering laboratory in the United States today. Scientists from around the world have been working at Soudan for 25 years trying to answer basic questions about the Universe in which we live: Is matter completely stable? What is the nature of the fundamental forces? Can we identify the Dark Matter that seems to permeate our Universe? Learn about our first neutrino events using the neutrino beam from Fermilab and see the massive MINOS detector (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search).
The dates that tours are avaialble change every year, call the telephone number provided above or visit the web site for this year's tour dates. Below is the information for the 2009 tours.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park will open the 2009 public tour season on May 23rd. Tours will run daily until the end of September and the first three weekends in October.
Historic Underground Mine Tour Times The underground mine tours run daily on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm until Labor Day. After Labor Day tours run at 10, 12, 2, and 4 on weekdays and hourly from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. Gates open at 9:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and it is ADA accessible (call for details).
High Energy Physics Lab Tour Times The physics lab tours run daily at 10 am and 4 pm until Labor Day. After Labor Day the physics tours are at noon.
Tour Prices Adult (ages 13 +) tour prices are $10.00 per tour, Youth (ages 5 - 12) tour prices are $6.00 per tour, and there is no charge for children under 5. If you would like to make a reservation, please call 1-866-857-2757 (there is a fee to make a reservation).
We are open year round for groups. If you are interested in a group tour, please contact the park office at 218-753-2245. A minimum of 10 paying participants is required to reserve a group tour. This means groups smaller than 10 can still reserve a tour, but they must pay for 10 participants. Please plan your trip accordingly, as we need a 15-day advance notice for groups.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park has gone high-tech with the addition of podcasts. Keep checking back as new podcasts will be added to the web page. The podcasts will feature important information regarding your visit to Soudan.
We are also adding a surface audio tour, which should be available for download by this summer. The tour will include a brochure/map that will highlight the locations on the surface and the audio files will explain the important information regarding each stop.