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Big Thunder Gold mine, Keystone

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
Inspirock Rating:
3.8/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband was in 7th heaven bring able to pan for gold and also being able to go into the mine! A family funactivity. 
  • Jessie was an awesome and knowledgable guide. Rattlesnake was also very helpful when I was struggling to pan for gold. I recommend this place for everyone. 
  • 9 and 12 yr old. Kids love rocks. They panned for quite awhile onsite. Everybody enjoyed themselves. 
  • The mine tour was a bit lackluster. We have gone to way more exciting mines. All the old mining equipment was neat and our guide told some great stories and was funny! The best part was panning for gold at the end. I bet we stood there for an hour panning it was fun! Rattlesnake Randy was a character!!
  • The cave tour is over priced and there wasn't any exciting stalagmites or other formations. And to pan for gold is ridiculously priced to maybe or maybe not get a few specs of gold out of the ore provided. It costs $50 for the cave tour, ore sample, rental of pans, and a tiny vile with water to put what gold you find in it. If you are a history buff then you'll like the tour. I know it's a tourist attraction, but c'mon be realistic. I wouldn't go back.
  • The tour guide was very friendly and knew the history of the mine as well as the surrounding area. The gift shop had lots of interesting items at reasonable prices. Also, the panning was fun, they even give you lessons and let you go as long as you want in any of there 8 stations. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the area!
  • Super fun place to stop! My boys loved it! Ages 11,8,6. Mom and dad did too! Very educational and the guide was great. Gift shop had lots of neat things at reasonable prices. The restaurant there had great food for good prices too.
  • Come on down/up you can pan for gold or gemstones, take a tour of the mine. After ya'll are done panning come and eat at the eatery next door. Featuring Elk,rattlesnake and much more. And the prices are not bad at all.
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