We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Butte, MT
Phone Number:
+1 406-723-3177
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 190 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Toxic mine dump

It's pretty mind blowing to see firsthand the impacts that 30 years of strip mining will forever have on the environment here at the Berkeley pit. I recommend this one of a kind... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
Matt F
,
Butte, Montana
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 188: English reviews
Level Contributor
1,241 reviews
425 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While perhaps not intentional, this superfund site shows what can happen with mineral extraction. Open pit mine filled with water when nearby facility abandoned and pumps shut down. Facility is so toxic birds have been killed by the hundreds just for a short landing. By 2020 city could loose its water supply. A scary thought.

Helpful?
Thank TAMAN1951
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
933 reviews
555 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,095 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

What a shame - the deleterious environmental impact of open pit mining is here for all to see. The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine (both the underground mines and the Berkeley Pit are part of a Federal Superfund Site) & the water that now fills the pit is highly acidic (high in concentrations of arsenic, copper,... More 

Helpful?
Thank denver60
Butte, Montana
Level Contributor
21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

It's pretty mind blowing to see firsthand the impacts that 30 years of strip mining will forever have on the environment here at the Berkeley pit. I recommend this one of a kind hole in the ground to anyone who has any interest in history, environment, or nature.

Helpful?
Thank Matt F
North Oxford, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
169 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Worth a stop if in the area. Interesting to learn about how it became polluted and what is being done to try to fix it. Admission is only $2 so it's worth it.

Helpful?
Thank DoctorKnow85
Juneau, Alaska
Level Contributor
257 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit in a year and I think it is one of the most beautiful polluted sites in the United States! Really interesting history and what is being done to help fix this superfund site. Admission $2. Cute gift shop & restrooms on site. Lovely garden area. A Must-See when in Butte

Helpful?
Thank akbuddie
wallngford
Level Contributor
42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I was not prepared for the size of the Pit, or how close it was to residential areas. This pit is a stark reminder of how the mining business took priority over all other interests, not just in Butte, but in similar towns of the past. The photo I took overlooking the pit is from the hilltop that holds the... More 

Helpful?
Thank debra d
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
114 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Open pit, dramatic to view. Part of the cultural fabric, for better or for worse. Friendly staff as always.

Helpful?
Thank Tess W
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
259 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Making a ton of money from copper mining sounds great until you look at what it does to a town and the toxicity it leaves behind. Cheap attraction to hopefully teach the next generations what greed can leave behind.

Helpful?
Thank BaltimoreRedbird
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a cheap ($2 for adults) attraction that allows you to look into the past and understand the magnitude of the mining operations that used to extract billions of dollars of resources out of the ground, allowing Butte to become one of the richest cities on the planet. Well worth taking the short time to view the massive open... More 

Helpful?
Thank James M
Ogden, Utah
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Very interesting, This is one deep hole or lake which is still filling up with contaminated water. nothing can live in this water.Only four dollars to get in.

Helpful?
Thank RogerK1939

Been to Berkeley Pit? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Berkeley Pit staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?