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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  • Okay. So two 5 s on the same trip? Yep. This was a perfect stop after visiting Mount Rushmore. We got there and were greeted promptly. Then for a reasonable fee, we were given a tour by Garrett. He wa...  more »
  • This was a fun family experience. The kids really wanted to pan for gold on our trip and this was the perfect spot. Rattlesnake Randy was a trip and so much fun as he showed us how to pan. That really...  more »
  • This tour was excellent. The guide was very informative. The walk through the mine was great and the antique mining equipment was kept in great condition. It was an interesting fact about “gold fever”...  more »
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  • Best staff ever, very accommodating. Wonderful place to visit. Very knowledgeable about the mining industry and the history of the area. I got the first gold for the 2018 season.
  • A fun place to take your kids. The tour guides are always very nice and want you to ask questions. When you are done with the tour, you can pan for gold or stop over at the bar and grill for some food or ice cream. As this place is not that big,don't plan your day around it, the tour lasts about an hour. The path through the mine is also stroller friendly if you have young children.
  • 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 and 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)
  • 9/18/17. Very nice tour of an old gold mine. Tour was reasonably priced and lasted about 45 minutes. Our guide Alana was both entertaining and knowledgeable of it's history. We were the last tour of the day and she stayed with us talking of the surrounding area and of where we were from until we left. Lots to do around the grounds including panning for gold and an old mill with tools and machines from the time period.
  • Wonderfully unique experience for all ages, and the owner and staff are VERY informative and friendly. A MUST-SEE
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