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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Great place

I really liked this place. It was interesting and the staff were really friendly. I’d recommend... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tatumb
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London, United Kingdom
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Family Spring Break

On our spring break we traveled and visited Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, then we drove around to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phyllis S
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I really liked this place. It was interesting and the staff were really friendly. I’d recommend booking ahead in peak season. Give gold panning a try too as that was fun.

Thank Tatumb
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our spring break we traveled and visited Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, then we drove around to see what was next. On a snowy day, we stopped in Hill City and then wanted to head back to our hotel in Keystone. We did a...More

Thank Phyllis S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down the best experience. My 10 year old loved the tour, panning and the gift shop. Tiffany was a great, informative and patient tour guide. She took her time, explained everything and answered every question. I highly recommend going to Big Thunder Gold Mine.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great tour, your kids will not get board. My kids ages 11,15,16 all had a blast and learned so much. Best part was pannig for gold at the end. Rattkesnake Randy kept our whole family laughing with his jokes while shopping the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time, our guide Trenton was super Knowledgeable about the area and the gold mining, this is a great place for kids. Big thanks to Trenton for making our experience one of a kind!!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped by with our three teenagers for a tour and to do some panning. The tour was very interesting and worth the price. Kids got a few flakes of gold panning afterwards. I believe they drop a couple of flakes into each bag of dirt...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

This is good for big kids (adults) as well as little ones. Good information about mining activities and calamities during the gold rush.

Thank Allison399
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We had a blast mining at Big Thunder. Everyone was very polite, knowledgeable, respectful of our wishes were to dig dirt, and friendly. The only complaint I have is that we were mining an old tailing pile. Your chances are that great of finding any...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you so much for giving us a good review. Actually because you are going through the tailing pile it is better, the gold was already captured. When they mined and processed in the 1890's they separated the gold but the chemical they used only...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

On a cold & rainy day, we took the opportunity to visit this mine and we were very pleased that we did. Elizabeth ( I do not use Liz ) was our guide and she was very well informed and quite homourous. Elizabeth provided us...More

Thank Paul G
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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you for the monumental review. Elizabeth is a wonderful guide is has a great sense of humor....thank you for coming and do come back again...We love our visitors. Sandi

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We recently visited Big Thunder Gold Mine and had a great time! Liz was our mine guide and she was knowledgeable, humorous, and fun. I highly recommend a tour with her, she may be the only one able to explain how rebar can occur naturally...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you so much for the five star review...we appreciate the monumental review. Sandi

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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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