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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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GOLD fever

My kids and I had a blast playing in the sand/rocks/water. We found a few small pieces of gold... read more

Reviewed yesterday
medsdis
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Lubbock, Texas
Great time had by all

Wonderful tour with so much historical information. Our kids and myself really enjoyed the tour... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Neil H
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Lawrence, United States
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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 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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  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed yesterday

My kids and I had a blast playing in the sand/rocks/water. We found a few small pieces of gold. We found a ton of garnets. You can stay there all day if you wanted. We were panned out after an hour. We didn't do the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful tour with so much historical information. Our kids and myself really enjoyed the tour. The guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable and kept our attention the whole time. We panned for gold afterward and came away winners. We found gemstones and gold. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very informative tour. Guided enjoy what they are doing. Very interesting tour and love the history on the area.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had so much fun on the half day panning for gold event. The guides were knowledgeable, and fun. Thank you.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I did this for the experience. We had not expectations. This is hard work and messy work. We have a farm so we didn't mind it at all. Our guides; Mike and Alyssa; were just awesome. They really want to help you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a great time! The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend everyone to give it a try.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a terrible experience, very pricey for what the tour is and to make matters worse our tour guide made several inappropriate 'jokes' that my children should NOT have heard. I would NOT recommend this to anyone.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went claim panning yesterday. Guides Markus & Mike were excellent. Very informative & excellent teachers. Allowed and encouraged you to be independent but gave you tools & support to have fun, safe adventure. ...and yes, we did find some gold! Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gold mine was one of our tours during our 34 anniversary road trip. We had a good time one the gold mine tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family made reservations to experience the on-site gold panning, which for children who love hands-on activities, was perfect. Rattlesnake Randy (the owner) is a fun guy, and he showed us techniques for finding gold flakes as well as telling us some of the history...More

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February 5, 2018|
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August 20, 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
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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