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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
6056664847
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Ranked #13 of 18 Attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines
Description: Take a tour and pan for gold.
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Columbus, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Fun little excursion in the the mountain. Nice folks. A good way to explore gold mining without getting too into it. Reasonably priced. Try the food at their restaurant across the parking lot; tasty.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou for the good review it is much appreciated. Sandi More

Billings, Montana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After reading reviews on Tripadvisor about this attraction, we were hesitant to visit but kids talked us into it. We are glad they did. Our guide (Ross I think was his name), was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was super fun and educational since our guide patiently answered all our questions (and we had a lot!). Kids especially enjoyed... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review. Sandi More

Brookings, South Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The actually gold mine was interesting but the panning for gold at the end of the tour is a joke and trap. If they would allow panning in an actual stream that may be better.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

First of all we really appreciate your business. We do the commercial panning for families or seniors who donot have the time and want to learn. On our price board we have claim panning which involves 4 hour segments which Rattlesnake Randy takes to to. You dig the material from the creek, classify it and sluice and pan the rest... More

Bismarck, North Dakota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went here to pan for gold. I have never done this so we thought we would give it a try. The guy who taught us was really nice and made it fun. I got 4 specs of gold. It was definitely an experience worth trying.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou so much for the excellent review. Enjoy. Sandi More

Hutchinson, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband wanted to go on this tour, it was well worth the near $20 we spent as a couple. Chuck was professional and thorough, perhaps he could have waited a little longer for us to ask questions. I learned a lot about mining for gold and how it was processed after it was mined. It is 52 degree in... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive comment. Each one of the flakes you got equal $1.25.the panning is designed to teach the panning. Did you find the gold or do I need to send some to you? Sandi More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Four of us spent the entire day mining for gold and came away richer in more ways than one. Sandy booked us and made us feel welcome immediately.We then spent our day with the most incredible staff on the planet. Amazing Chris,and awesome Rattle snake Randy tought us the ropes and Terrific Shay helped in any way. If you want... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou such a good review, you guys were awsome. Sandi More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a waking tour into the mine, guide was really good and made for a a interesting tour. Hard hats are provided for tour

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou for a great review. Sandi More

Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The mines story is interesting and worth the tour. However, panning for gold is not worth the money. Save your time and money on this event. The staff did not seem very inthused during my visit.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou for the positive response on the mine. Did you get your guarenteed gold, if not i can send you some, let me know. Sandi More

Woodbridge, Virginia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Keystone is a tourist town in the shadow of Mount Rushmore. Big Thunder is clearly in business for those tourists. It is a legitimate old mine dating back to the gold rush days. Our guide provided good information in a folksy style. We walked on a relatively level path into the original mine. The tour ended with an exhibit of... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review on trip advisor we appreciate your business. Sandi More

Farmington, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My family and I really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide Matt was great! He asked what my kids names were at start and remembered their names each time he talked and asked them questions. I cannot even keep my four kids names straight. He was very informative and and got the kids involved in tour. Gift shop was nice... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou for the positive review. We appreciate you business greatly. Sandi More

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