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Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

(3.9/5 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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  • Great tour and wonderful staff, ready to answer any questions and very friendly! Great with the kids and assisting them in finding gold to take home as souvenirs! Had a blast with the family!  more »
  • this is a great place to visit. our tour guide was very knowledgeable and make the visit informative.  more »
  • We had never been in a cave. Our intelligent experienced guide told us so much. Also about people playing important parts in Keystones history. We learned all about the cave and mining process. Then, ...  more »
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  • Tour guide was great did an awesome job. Panned for gold after the mine tour. He taught us how to pan for the gold. Did a good job teaching is because we found some. Also got to watch the other gentleman do his speed panning for gold which was by far the best part.
  • 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.
  • Epic place, We wanted to have the gold fever experience. And after a short introduction we were hooked. Definitely after our first pan of dirt and offcourse our first flake of gold :D
  • Mining for gold is not easy. Thought it was expensive for just a few tiny gold flakes. Must have patience, a good eye, and concentration. Kids enjoyed the 7d theater and screaming eagle ride.