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Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4847
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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.

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Panned Gold

We stopped to pan gold. It was ok my son had fun. We didn't do the mine tour. Nice little gift shop. Staff friendly

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jodi56257
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Marietta, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on vacation in rapid city and the kids really wanted to try panning for gold. We saw this place and it was busy so we decided to try it. It was ok but for the $10 per kid that we paid, we only got a couple very tiny pieces of gold. It was an experience but a little... More 

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

Sorry the panning did not measure up to your expectations. Each flake on the retail market is $1.00. Gold has been going up drastically in the last few months. We have tried to keep our prices the same for two years. We feel this helps the customers. You should have received 4 to 8 flakes in your panning. Could you... More 

Marietta, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped to pan gold. It was ok my son had fun. We didn't do the mine tour. Nice little gift shop. Staff friendly

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

Thank you so much for the good review. We hope you come back in the future. Hope you vacation was monumental! Sandi More 

Hannibal, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family of 6 put this stop as a must for our SD vacation. We brought our 2 oldest to Big Thunder 9 years ago and wanted our 2 youngest to experience it as well. Very educational tour and they enjoyed panning for gold.

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

Thank you again for making this a monumental vacation for your family thank you for the 5 star review. Sandi More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our godson chose this tour and what a super choice it was! Jennifer our guide was excellent...she had the children's attention fully involving and engaging them in the tour. Us older folks found the whole experience both fun and interesting (how harsh was life for a prospector!). We ended panning for gold and some becomming a little "gold fevered"! In... More 

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

Thank you for the 5 star review. We are proud that we could provide a monumental experience for your family. Sandi More 

Bismarck, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My young children were begging to do this the whole vacation, so we checked it out. The establishment is fun to look around and it's a nice atmosphere, and they thought the panning was pretty cool. However, there were a few down sides such as two guides arguing over who had to take us right in front of us (awkward!),... More 

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

So sorry about this situation. I did talk to the two guides and Sara. I explained that discussions like that are not held in front of guests. That is inappropriate. They indicated that was in fun, I still indicated it just wasn'right. Sara was trying to only get the child to stop crying. She is not a a parent and... More 

Minneapolis
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't do any of the tours. We just wanted to do the gold panning. It was fun but a bit overrated. The pans are pre-loaded with gold flakes or gem stones so it wasn't the type of panning that I was looking for. The staff were very friendly and helpful and shop was full of neat stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Neat little place you'll go back into a gold mine very easy walking learn a lot of history just long enough kids won't lose interest annual be all the pan for gold at the end of it if you want to

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

Thank you for the 5 star review. We try hard to make a monumental vacation for your family. Please come back. More 

Crozet, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a tour with a Boy Scout troop which wasn't the best because they were wry loud and obnoxious. Our tour guide was very knowledgable which was good. The panning there is just in trowels that people go through every day, so your only going to find little flakes of gold that are worth nothing

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

I am sorry that your experience with the boy scouts was not very good. We normally do not mix our tours with a group versus a guest tour. Were they being loud on a different tour.? The gold flakes with today's market price $ 1.25 per flake. You should get 4-10 flakes of gold. We do the panning for the... More 

Greeley, Colorado
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy and interesting tour through the big thunder mine, with optional gold panning after. I recommend the panning. We bought one vial for the family and you can pan for as long as you'd like.

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

Thank you for the great review.. Our goal is for your family to have a monumental experience at our facility!.come back soon. Sandi More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you to Big Thunder Gold Mine. We had an amazing time claim panning. Rattlesnake Randy really knew his history. I would definitely recommend if you are going to Keystone. Beautiful hike and country. Very enjoyable. .

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, Rattlesnake Randy says thank you! The claim panning is a superb bucket list activity in the wild in a stream on a claim. More 

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