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Hard work, Great xperience SO Worth it

We had a great time with the half day claim gold panning. Ross was our guide, and he was great. He... read more

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Megan M
Aug. 24 -Sept. 6 2018

This was the greatest tour and hands on Gold Panning we have ever done! They are VERY knowledgeable... read more

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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...more
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a great time with the half day claim gold panning. Ross was our guide, and he was great. He assisted with every step of the process, and he even gave us the history of both gold panning and some of the more historic...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was the greatest tour and hands on Gold Panning we have ever done! They are VERY knowledgeable about they're facts, history, area. The prices are quite affordable! They let you pan for as long as they are open. The people are so nice and...More

Thank DLCraven
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is very much a tourist trap, but if you like history I was recommend doing it. The tour part of the mine was ok, but the history about the area and early mining was very interesting to me.

Thank Allan P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Exceptional customer service. The entire staff is very courteous and helpful. Claim panning is an awesome experience, getting out into nature and digging for gold like the original prospectors.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a group of adults on vacation and found this experience to be much more situated for kids than adults. If you have kids they would probably enjoy the silliness of the tour guides animated stories and splashing through water looking for cold. We...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great guide, Evan was awesome and very knowledgeable. I do recommend that families with young kids (5 years and under) not take their children if they are not well behaved. We had to witness two children under the age of 5 go...More

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Thank Marissa E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a blast panning for gold at the Big Thunder gold mine. The staff were incredibly friendly and the day was really educational!

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Thank toriferreira77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well I can check off gold panning off my bucket list. This is a fun activity but patience is needed because of the amount of planning and searching for tiny flakes. You pay and can stay as long as you like. I planned all the...More

Thank bennyjenks
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have dreamed of treasure hunting my whole life. I have a wonderful wife, she my mother lode as she puts up with my adhd! I booked this trip for us and we had a blast. It was not easy work, we didn’t get rich,...More

Thank Buddhajuice
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience on the half day panning trip!! We came away with some nuggets and a fun nature experience!

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pjholv
5 February 2018|
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5 February 2018|
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Response from Roberta K | Reviewed this property |
Not sure either since we travel as a couple. You could call them, and they would answer your question. We purchased a Groupon, and I'm not sure if they have any left or not but you might want to look there to see if you... More
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kimmcarrillo
20 August 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
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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