Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone: Hours, Address, Big Thunder Gold Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Big Thunder Gold Mine
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Holly M
3 contributions
Fantastic!
Oct 2021
Gold panning was one of the highlights of our trip. Trenton, our guide, is a delightful mixture of geologist, physicist, and historian, and his knowledge of the region and the miners of old is amazing. Loved his stories, loved the hike (altho the scramble through the rocks was a bit challenging for older folks), loved working beside the creek - didn't mind getting dirty. Found a wee bit of color, which we got to keep, along with some lovely garnets. Best day ever! Will do this again!
Written October 16, 2021
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Bryson R
2 contributions
Very fun and interesting
Oct 2021 • Family
Rich was great and very informative and entertaining. Highly recommend. My 8 year old loved panning for gold after the tour
Written October 14, 2021
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TIffany
Pekin, IL58 contributions
It’s a Must Do
Oct 2021 • Family
Had a great time on this tour! Our tour guide was formative and fun. I highly recommend doing the tour and panning for gold. Everyone enjoyed it.
Written October 5, 2021
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Connector143549
2 contributions
Great Fun
Oct 2021 • Family
My granddaughter and I took the 4 hour panning tour and it was fun. Our guide Mitch was amazing. He was friendly and knowledgeable and made our time interesting and fun. I'd recommend it if you have time. And we came back today for the mine tour and our guide Dan was great. We learned a lot and it was fun. Great place all the way around.
Written October 3, 2021
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Dust1nS
Excelsior, MN1 contribution
The mining tour is worth it's weight in gold!
Sep 2021 • Family
We found a groupon for the 4 hour tour and I have to say, it would have been worth it at twice the normal price. Trent was just an amazing tour guide. He was fun, friendly, informative and just all-around a pretty awesome guy. We have 2 special needs kids and Trent was patient and playful with them, answering all of their questions, and i do meal ALL of them. He went above and beyond what was expected. I would recommend the 4 hour tour to ANYONE planning a day out in keystone. We will definitely be back!
Written September 27, 2021
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Rochelle H
Buda, TX1 contribution
Panning for gold
Sep 2021 • Family
Trenton was great. So knowledgeable, helpful and kind. We had a group of 8 ranging from 5 to 75. Maybe too much for the oldest and youngest but we all enjoyed watching and participating as best we could. We we got wet and muddy and we’re definitely sore the next day. We did find some gold but more importantly, we leaned a ton and had a great day enjoying the beauty surrounding us.
Written September 24, 2021
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B Weldy
5 contributions
Awesome experience
Sep 2021
Throughly enjoyed the mine tour. The young man who lead our tour was a wealth of knowledge. Panning for gold afterwards was alot of fun. Even adults can enjoy!
Written September 24, 2021
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Tim and Madonna R
1 contribution
Digging gold
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a great time. We got a couple nice pieces. It was fun just being out on the claim!! Trent was great he told us the history of the area and got us set up.
Written September 22, 2021
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JJG72
Haysville, KS166 contributions
Half Day Gold Panning
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went on the half day of gold panning with Trenton as our guide. The panning site was 4 miles away and then we hiked about 1/2 mile through a forest to the claim site. Word of caution - a part of the hike is down a very rocky steep path which might be extremely difficult for anyone with physical challenges. We brought a couple of fold up chairs so we could rest when needed. Trenton was very friendly and helpful and very frank with our chances of striking it rich which I appreciated. We had four people in our group which kept us from getting too exhausted. One older couple was doing it by themselves and they were pooped. You get pretty tired from digging and then carrying the dirt to your buckets. But despite the work, we loved the experience. We found a few gold flakes but that’s all you can expect from a few hours of panning.
Written September 17, 2021
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beersrandall
1 contribution
Gold Claim Panning Adventure
Sep 2021
My gold finding excursion was the highlight of our stay in the Black Hills. Our guide was extremely passionate about the guests having a great experience. He gave a lot of history with visual examples of past mining techniques as we were hiking to the claim site. You get hands on experience throughout the session. I'll be back for another round when we come back to the Hills next summer. Great fun and practical knowledge. Randy Beers
Written September 17, 2021
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