We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4847
Website
Improve this listing
Description: Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 388 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 160
    Excellent
  • 125
    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Gold

Wasn't real impressed but the kids love it. It's a fun family stop on your outing and you get a vial of the gold you found while panning.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Angie G

Similar Things to Do in Keystone

Add Photo Write a Review

388 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Box Elder, South Dakota
Level Contributor
42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Just don't miss it! We knew we were going on a Gold mine tour but who knew we would get a floor show! Chuck, our guide,was just great! We not only received history of the mine but some really interesting facts on equipment etc. Chuck informed the group with such humor and knowledge. After the tour you are taught how... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were in the area for a couple of days and wanted to do some unique experiences for the kids (15, 12, 10). We went on a tour and the guide was confused easily and even told the group that we needed to wait till the end as he would forget things and leave items out if we interrupted him.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Weymouth, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

From the excellent educational tour shared by Chuck, to the hour or so we spent mining for gold, it was a wonderful way to spend the morning. The staff were kind and truly loved what they do. We highly recommend folks put this on their agenda- it is fun for the entire family!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
250 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We called to book a few hours out on the claim panning for gold. Showed up at the scheduled time, and they apparently had us down for the following day. Not sure how that happened, as I reviewed everything with the girl on the phone. So, that was strike one. They told us there were 9 people already going to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Wasn't real impressed but the kids love it. It's a fun family stop on your outing and you get a vial of the gold you found while panning.

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We went here to pan for gold. The employees working would give you quick instructions and then went back in shop never to be seen again. Luckily we had already been panning at another place outside Hill City in a creek so we knew what to do. However, everyone around us gave up. Only pan in a trough like many... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thunder Bay, Canada
Level Contributor
70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

An interesting, albeit rather expensive, escapade---Digging for Gold. If it's something you've always wanted to do, then do it. The morning tour carries the pails, shovels, pans, etc. in--about a half-mile walk, in the bush. The afternoon tour carries the stuff out. You get to keep the gold you find. We got 6 flakes. Woohoo!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minnesota
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Marco was an excellent tour guide and made our visit memorable! Educational and funny, great value for the price of admission.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zeeland, Mi
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Big Thunder Gold Mine and had a great time. Our guide, Chuck, was fantastic. He had a great sense of humor and was very knowledgable of the history of the Big Thunder, as well as the history of the South Dakota gold rush. Our family had a lot of fun as we spent about two hours here. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hudson WI
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide Chuck was wonderful! He was knowledgable, interesting, fun & made us all laugh at one point or another. The kids (10 & 12) along with my husband had a fun time panning for gold after the tour. Worth the time & a visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Big Thunder Gold Mine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Thunder Gold Mine and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
3 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Big Thunder Gold Mine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?