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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Fun for all ages

From my 6 yr old son to my 69yr old dad- we all had fun. The tour was interesting and easy to... read more

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happytraveler662
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I'm 40 yr. old father who did the Claim Panning with his 15 year old son. Trenton was our guide... 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 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 yesterday

From my 6 yr old son to my 69yr old dad- we all had fun. The tour was interesting and easy to maneuver through-you just have to be able to duck when you walk. The guide (Q) was great and did a good job of...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I'm 40 yr. old father who did the Claim Panning with his 15 year old son. Trenton was our guide, and he was great. He was knowledgeable and was social and professional. We had fun, and it was all about the experience. We did find...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Trenton was our guide for this 1/2 day excursion. He showed us how to dig, "drive the bus," and sluice. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and also emphasized about being respectful to nature, which I appreciated. My best friend and...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fun, educational, and interesting. Plan to spend 90 - 120 minutes to take advantage of all there is to see and do there.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Only did this because I found a Groupon but I'm so glad we did! The tour was great and our guide was very educated! Then the kids panned for gold and spent an hour looking for gold. We all loved it!

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good tour. The kids enjoyed it as well. The kids panned for gold-which was kind of hard. For the price of the dish with the gold in it we didn't get very much. But still had a good time. Was very grateful for the Groupon...More

Thank sarafochs
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a fun stop with our young family. The mine tour was I interesting and they loved "panning for gold". The price was reasonable, as we had a Groupon. They have a cute gift shop, but I found the prices a little higher then...More

Thank CrozierSix
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So glad you had a fun time. It is important that we make monumental memories with all of our guests. In actuality I do comparison shopping and find our prices are low compared to others. Many come to the shop for that reason. We do...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

we loved the tour of the gold mine, the knowledge of Tiffany about the mine, the gold panning, the gemstone panning and of course the gift shop!!

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star review, we love making our guests monumentally happy. Come back again. Tiffany is wonderful. Sandi

Reviewed 6 days ago

I signed up for the "full" day of mining (8 hours). It was great, but I also found gold. I only mined for around 5 hours. If you have younger children (I have a 12 & 7 year old girls) I would only recommend the...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the monumental 5 star review. It is a lot of work but so worth it. This gave you the feeling the miners had at the end of the day...tired and beat, but finding that gold is the best thing that puts a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 3 grandson's for trip to SD. One of our stops was the Big Thunder Gold Mine. It was 4 hours of actual work. first trekking into the woods to the digging site where we dug, and dug and dug into soil, and rocks....More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the phenomenal review. It is a lot of work but so fulfilling. Just imagine the miners many years ago! 5 stars yeah! Come back and see us soon. Sandi

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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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