W4852 Highway US-2, Vulcan, MI 49892

Telephone: (906) 563-8077 

Located 9 miles east of Iron Mountain
Watch for Big John on the hillside welcoming you to the Iron Mountain Iron Mine.
A State Historical Site.

Open from Memorial Day Weekend through October 15th
9 am to 5 pm CDT time
Experienced Guides are ready to share the hitory of iron mining.

The Iron Mountain Iron Mine (originally the East Vulcan Mine) was a working mine producing about 22 million tons of iron ore from about 1870 to 1945 when it closed. The ore was taken by railroad to ports on Lake Michigan where it was loaded on freighters and taken to the steel mills in the Midwest. It was reopened in 1956 and offers very interesting tours of what was once a working iron mine.  

The tour starts at the Rock Shop where visitors are provided with raincoats and hard hats for the tour through ancient rock and ore formations. The tour starts with a train ride through a lighted tunnel carved through the rock formations and continues with a short walk down a tunnel to a large lighted stope or cavern 400 feet underground created by years of mining.  Old mining equipment is located at various spots along the tour with information supplied by your knowledgeable guide. It is chilly in the mine so a jacket is recommended for comfort.


The mine’s Rock Shop is a treasure of rocks and minerals of all kinds as well as other interesting items pertaining to mining and a wide selection of souvenirs. Enjoy a refreshing drink of our free artesian well water or a cup of coffee while you browse through these beautiful rocks.

Adult $20
Children 6-12 years $13
Children 5 and under FREE
AAA Members $1.00 off
Senior 65 and up $1.00 off
Veteran/Military Personal $1.00 off
Groups of 10 or more Adults $15.00 each
We offer special tour pricing for schools or other groups.
Please call ahead for scheduling your tour.
Phone: (906) 563-8077)

Enjoy this interesting tour of an authentic area iron mine.


Iron Mountain Iron Mine Tours and Rock Shop
W4852 Highway US-2, Vulcan, MI 49892
Telephone: (906) 563-8077 

Located 9 miles east of Iron Mountain
on Highway US-2



Visit the Iron Mining Museum in Iron Mountain featuring the largest collection of underground mining equipment in Michigan.
See the Cornish Pumping Engine,
the largest pumping engine ever built in the United States. (beside the Iron Mining Museum)

Exploring Iron Mountain, Michigan
The Upper Peninsula Traveler Home Page

Photos: Iron Mountain Iron Mine and ETN