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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Fun family gold panning

We went to the Black Hills specifically to pan for gold, so a stop here was a "must." For... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mandy R
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Better Than We Expected

I've been to Keystone a few times in my adult life & always thought the gold mind tours would be... read more

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Rheannon E
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Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and was founded in 1892. You see the largest display of mining equipment in the Black Hills and learn the history of the gold rush in 1876. We have two forms of panning: one is our commercial panning right on site. Guides will demonstrate theskill of panning, no time limit and we guarentee you will find gold. We also have claim panning where you will pan directly our of the creek 4 miles down the road on Forest Service property. Those exist in 4 hour trips.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the Black Hills specifically to pan for gold, so a stop here was a "must." For $10/person, we got a quick panning lesson from "Rattlesnake Rob" and were then turned loose with a pan that had pay dirt in it to find...More

Thank Mandy R
Reviewed yesterday

I've been to Keystone a few times in my adult life & always thought the gold mind tours would be cheesy and nothing special. This trip our 7yr old requested a trip to the mine & panning for gold. Our Tour guide, Jennifer, was a...More

1  Thank Rheannon E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Be sure to check Groupon as they run a great special! Nonetheless, this tour is worth full price admission and was done very well! The gold panning didn't sound like a big deal but when we did it we had a ton of fun as...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took our two young children on the short tour with panning for gold afterwards. It was nice and cool inside with interesting information from our tour guide. They turn the lights off at one point (with warning) which scared our youngest (4). Overall a...More

Thank Jafh1012
Reviewed 2 days ago

My family and I signed up for the gold panning tour. We loved it! Trenton, our guide, was very knowledgeable and personable. We hiked a short distance along a stream into the Black Hills National Forest -- beautiful! Trenton shared some of the gold mining...More

Thank Dad312
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great day. Kids had a blast, worked hard, found gold.....Brilliant! Trenton (our prospector guide) was fantastic with the kids and made the day!

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Thank johnu70
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopped in here with the family on the way to Mt. Rushmore with the family. It was a great way to spend an hour or so. The young man leading the tour was very knowledgeable of the area and the mine in which we were...More

Thank Kellie H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a wonderful time. Our guide Trent was friendly and very knowledgeable. We went on the half day cold panning adventure he taught us how to use the sluice and the gold pan. He could tell us about all the different rocks that I picked...More

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Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited as a Family with two younger Children, we booked the Four hour claim with Trenton being our Guide, he was great! Very knowledgeable and Friendly! It was everything we hoped for and more! It was one of the highlights of our Black Hills...More

1  Thank Kristina S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this gold-mining adventure! The guide really made it fun for us, as he diligently made sure that we were digging for gold in promising places, sifting out all of the rocks and loading our gold-rich material through the sluice correctly. His...More

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What are the hours? I do not see them listed and wondering if they are set times
27 June 2017|
Response from Fambly101 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are open 8am - 8pm in the summer, with the last tour staring at 7pm.
Merrilee S
There is a small group planning to visit the week of the 4th, should we buy tickets ahead of time?
20 June 2017|
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Response from ErCol60795 | Reviewed this property |
I would book it ahead of time. We did the morning half day panning experience and it was awesome. Not too hot.
How long should I plan to spend here with a 10 yr old and 6 yr old?
14 April 2017|
Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
You usually spend about 2 hours to do the tour, the gold panning and gem panning. Hope to see you. Sandi