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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I went on the guided gold panning trip for a full day, we had the best time and learned so much from our guide Rattlesnake Randy! It is so incredibly beautiful at the creek and so peaceful. Rattlesnake Randy is extremely knowledgeable and helpful regarding the whole experience. We were in the area for 1 week and... More

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

Thank you so very much for coming and it is our pleasure! Sandi More

New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This tour is pretty quick our tour guide was pretty chill she is like pretty pregnant and still kept up I would've liked it if the gift shop stayed open like a half an hour after the last tour because our tour was all done when the gift shop closed if you're in the area it's not that expensive go... More

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

I wanted to apologize for the giftshop closing. I talked to the supervisor and I indicated to them that possibly they should have stayed longer. Those dang employees sometimes take 8:00 closing too serously. We will not have that happen again. Thank you forletting me know. That was Sabrina who was your guide. Did your tour last 45-55 minutes which... More

Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

interresting for adults. The tour was too long for my 5 year old but he liked the panning for gold. not the best thing to do for kids under 5

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

Thank you so very much for the review it is our pleasure to serve you! Sandi McLain More

Grand Island, Nebraska
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Glad we decided to stop here. It was a fun and informative tour. Our guide(Anna) was great. She made it very fun. We did not do the panning but there were many doing so.

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

Thank you for coming and the evaluation, it is our pleasure to serve you and make the experience a positive one. Sandi McLain More

Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a fun family event. Rattlesnake Randy was a great teacher and helped the kids pan for gold. We did not go on the tour, just panned for gold. My 2 kids each brought home some gold flakes.

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

Thank you so much for the evaluation, I am so glad your experience was good! It is our pleasure to serve you! Sandi McLain More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The tour was fun and our tour guide was funny and informative, I was just expecting more from the mine, it wasn't very deep and with our large group it was hard to see what the guide was talking about. The panning was fun also and the man helping there was a professional speed panner he told us. All in... More

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

Thank you for coming! Your input is very much appreciated. Our mine is smaller than some but our equipment collection is outstanding. The Black Hills essentially had smaller mines as the gold rush was not as large as other states. Sorry to dissapoint you on the mine. Randy is outstanding and I am glad your experience with him was great!... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The mine has a very interesting history but the guide took her daughter on the tour which dramatically altered the experience for everyone on the tour. The panning was interesting. Overpriced but if you get a good guide it is worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I did the gold panning on the claim and it was the best. We had a great time with rattlesnake randy. He was an excellent guide. Had a great time.recommended highly..Dave n jodi

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

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, it was our pleasure to serve you and have a great time. Sandi McLain More

Elkhorn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We went to the gold mine last minute but ended up to be one of our favorite part of the whole trip. Matt our tour guide made our tour fun and interactive at the same time especially for the kids. He was very personable, funny, and very interesting. The icing on the cake was the panning for gold for my... More

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

Thank you for the outstanding review, it was our pleasure to serve you! Sandi McLain More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our tour guide Matt made the tour great.very informative and great with kids. And very knowledgeable about gold mining.

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

Thank you very much for the excellent review! It was our pleasure to serve you! Hope your vacation was fantastic. Sandi McLain More

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