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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Gold Panning Tour!

My family and I signed up for the gold panning tour. We loved it! Trenton, our guide, was very... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Dad312
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Chicago, Illinois
Awesome day

What a great day. Kids had a blast, worked hard, found gold.....Brilliant! Trenton (our prospector... read more

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Reviewed 25 June 2017
johnu70
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

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

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. It is with pride that we provide ahistorical experience you will always remember. Sandi

Reviewed 25 June 2017

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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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thank you for the monumental review of 5 stars. The claim tour is an experience everyone should have. A backwoods delight. Sandi

Reviewed 24 June 2017

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

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thank you for the very interesting excellent review. Do come back again someday! Sandi

Reviewed 23 June 2017

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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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

So glad that your day was special to your family. We love to provide monumental experiences for your family. Sandi

Reviewed 23 June 2017 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 23 June 2017

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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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Visited the Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour guide, Alena, was very knowledgeable. Spun the tale expertly. Good visit.

1  Thank Cheryl D
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Our guide Trent showed my husband and brother and myself a great time. We are in our late 60 to early 70. We found gold and would recommend the gold claim to all active people. They furnish all you need for panning and sluicing. Great...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Our family stopped for the mine tour and gold panning experience. The tour was a walking tour into an old mine and was a good length for the kids. Be warned, the temperature inside the mine is cool (about 52 degrees). After the tour, we...More

1  Thank Fambly101
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I booked this trip for my son and I as it is something we loved to do, however, for medical reasons I had to cancel, I didn't think it was a big deal at first as my receipt said full refund if request made 24...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

There are always two sides to a story. This concern by the customer was issued but not as a medical situation in the beginning, if that was indicated the assistant manager in the beginning would have addressed it. I witnessed the conversation at the time...More

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Bruce L
12 July 2017|
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Response from Cheryl D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Your was about an hour and the panning Was at your leisure.
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DL P
27 June 2017|
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Response from Cheryl D | Reviewed this property |
I think the hours are 8am to ?
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Merrilee S
20 June 2017|
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Response from shecollins | Reviewed this property |
We walked right in and didn't need to. We waited maybe 5 minutes, but there is more than one guide and they seem to stagger the tours because as we were going in, there was a group coming out. I'm not sure how busy it may be... More
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