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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Claim panning

Highly recommend going out on the half day claim. It's a decent trek to the area and plan to get... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
chasitydavis
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Stella, Nebraska
via mobile
Gold Mine

We recently stopped in for a quick visit. The mine tour was short but interesting. The guide, I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Malisa R
via mobile
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  • Excellent53%
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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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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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+1 605-666-4847
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend going out on the half day claim. It's a decent trek to the area and plan to get shoes and pants wet! Several areas to pick to dig from and it was addicting to look for those gold flakes! We found several small...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We recently stopped in for a quick visit. The mine tour was short but interesting. The guide, I wish I could remember her name, was very sweet and knowledgeable.

Thank Malisa R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As a college student, my dad and I were not sure if we'd be "too old" for the tour/learning how to pan for gold. Fortunately, Big Thunder is awesome for all ages and we had a really great time! Our tour guide, Liz, was incredible....More

1  Thank Kyle P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second time at the mine. Once was 19 years ago. This time i had my son (4 years old) with me. I mined for gold while my son did the pretty rocks. The pretty rocks was a really awesome thing for them...More

Thank randonvuk
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Reviewed 5 weeks 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 10 April 2018

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 6 April 2018 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.

Thank brooke16640
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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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Thank Kimberly R
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

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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Thank monicabrandt87
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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

1  Thank Jjkj0925
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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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