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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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The hike down to the water had me worried a little since I have MS but it wasn't as bad as I... read more

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ndinvesting
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Dickinson, North Dakota
Goldmine Tours and Panning

On a rainy day we stopped in to check this place out. Our teenagers took the mine tour which they... read more

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TexasGirl1173
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Austin, Texas
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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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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed today

The hike down to the water had me worried a little since I have MS but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Peanut our lead was just great. she had a lot of information to share with us. I didn't get...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On a rainy day we stopped in to check this place out. Our teenagers took the mine tour which they enjoyed came back full of information about mining. Hubby and I learned to pan for gold while they were gone, but of course they also...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

According to their website you needed to make a reservation 24 hours ahead. When we got there and tried to make a reservation for the next day we were told that we should make at the very least 24 hours ahead but at this time...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'd never been to a gold mine before so I found it interesting. Guide was very knowledgeable and paid particular attention to kids, even memorizing their names. We also enjoyed a wine tasting in the restaurant next to it.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Big Thunder was an amazing experience for our entire family. Marcus and Ross were extremely knowledgeable and experienced on our claim panning excursion. These two were very patient and helped us find GOLD! We also found a bunch of garnets which my son ended up...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My kids and I had a blast playing in the sand/rocks/water. We found a few small pieces of gold. We found a ton of garnets. You can stay there all day if you wanted. We were panned out after an hour. We didn't do the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful tour with so much historical information. Our kids and myself really enjoyed the tour. The guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable and kept our attention the whole time. We panned for gold afterward and came away winners. We found gemstones and gold. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very informative tour. Guided enjoy what they are doing. Very interesting tour and love the history on the area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had so much fun on the half day panning for gold event. The guides were knowledgeable, and fun. Thank you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did this for the experience. We had not expectations. This is hard work and messy work. We have a farm so we didn't mind it at all. Our guides; Mike and Alyssa; were just awesome. They really want to help you...More

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No you do not need a reservation just come, tours every 25 minutes this time of the year. Panning right away. Sandi
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