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Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

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Grab your pick and a pan and head to Big Thunder Gold Mine for some old-fashioned fun underground. Take a tour of the gold mine, which operated from 1882 to 1914, and learn about the history of the mine from informed guides. Discover from guides how the miners extracted gold from the mined ore, and, as you walk through dark and narrow shafts, learn how the miners created the shafts with only candlelight to guide them. At the museum you'll discover a large collection of mining equipment, including a stamp mill and blacksmithing equipment. Finally, take a turn at panning for gold or gems in the stream on the property. All areas of the tour and site are wheelchair accessible. To visit Big Thunder Gold Mine on your holiday in Keystone, and find out what else Keystone has to offer, use our Keystone itinerary planner.
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  • Had a fun time, took the kids on the mine tour and then panned for gold afterwards. They thought was real neat and had fun.  more »
  • We had such a great time! Our guide was wonderful, we had never been panning before and he was so patient in helping us learn.  more »
  • We came for the parks, but decided to do this also, found a deal with Groupon. We arrived a bit early for our tour, and had to wait. The staff in the gift shop, (where you check in and begin the tour)...  more »
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  • Last year I had a black hills badlands VIP pass and had never heard of this place so we decided to check it out. It was super fun and interesting! I hope to make it out to gold thunder mine again this year with the family as we had a lot of fun touring the cave and panning for gold! It's a great place to just cool off on a hot day as it's chilly in the cave. I recommend anyone to go. People that live around here and tourists should go check it out!
  • We came here because my son is a huge mining/mine fan. Our guide, Alana, was simply amazing. She was not only knowledgeable about the mine, how everything worked, history of it, and all the minerals- she was enthusiastic excited about what she does. Even after the tour she was talking to us and letting us know about the different minerals- and then she came back (at closing time) and stayed around to help the kids figure out the panning and do better at it. Everyone here was so nice and friendly. I highly recommend this place, and Alana in particular. Fantastic experience! (Alana mid- tour, picture)
  • Had a great experience on the 4 hour expedition. I highly recommend Trent he is a amazing guide and very knowledgeable. Plan on coming back for another great experience.
  • We took 4 hour tour and it was fun and nice experience. Don't expect you get big chunk of gold but for sure you get some small flakes after lot of hard work.
  • The tour was amazing. The shop had a awesome rock collection for sale. The staff there were helpful and pretty amazing.