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. Plan to see Big Thunder Gold Mine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Keystone journey maker .
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  • October 4, 2017
    We recently visited Big Thunder Gold Mine and had a great time! Liz was our mine guide and she was knowledgeable, humorous, and fun. I highly recommend a tour with her, she may be the only one able to...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The history and just entering an actual Gold mine was thrilling, but add the panning opportunity, the gift shop, and the family restaurant you have a thrilling event to attend. Take your significant o...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Sandi and the staff did a great job explaining what to wear and to expect on the adventure. Trenton gave some history of the area as we walked a short distance to the claim site. We dug into the hill ...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    I bought a Groupon for a tour for four and panning for two, which was perfect, so my husband and I could help our kids. The tour guide was Alana, who was super enthusiastic and really informative. She answered questions politely (with kids) and made it really fun for them. It was nice and chilly in the cave, and she gave us a ton of history about mining, minerals, and milling the ore. We really enjoyed ourselves. Then, we got to do some panning with Rattlesnake Randy, and we found several flakes, as well as quite a few garnets. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves, and would really recommend this for families. It was a great way to spend 2 hours!
  • May 21, 2017
    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!
  • May 16, 2017
    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)
  • June 22, 2017
    We had a great experience while there. Our tour guide Jake was awesome, very intelligent young man. Would definitely come back again and do the half day tour.
  • July 4, 2017
    We had a great experience with Alana. Would highly recommend this as a family stop. Ask or wait for Alana. She is knowledgeable and makes it fun for everyone.

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