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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  • We stopped here to pan for gold, did not do the tour. Our kids (10 & 8) enjoyed the experience a lot. The staff was very nice and helpful. They explained the history and were hands-on when needed. I w...  more »
  • This was adventurous and fun. Our guide Trenton was great. He gave us lots of history and explanation about the mine, the claim, the land, and the whole process. It was hard work lugging buckets of di...  more »
  • Gives a great tour of the gold mine. Very educational. Provids hard hats, which are definitely needed as part of the mine has a low ceiling. At the end, we learned about how the gold was retrieved fro...  more »
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  • It was a really fascinating place. Great tour, Jennifer is amazing! We actually found some gold even though we panned for less than an hour. The prices were decent, nothing too crazy. I will definitely be making the 15 hour trip again just to bring my own kids!
  • This is a absolute must! We found GOLD actually we found a .27 gram nugget of GOLD!! Trenton was an excellent guide for our off site excursion! He showed us everything we needed to know about gold panning. He also gave us history lessons about the area and how all the gold got there. Trenton made the whole thing come together for the best day of our vacation! We will be back! But next time we will go with the full day excursion! I can't forget to give Rattle Snake Randy a shout out he's a goofy guy the good kind of goofy!
  • Decent mine. Pretty small. You can walk from end to end in about 4 minutes. The ground is perfectly paved so people with walking disabilities should have no problem. It’s very spacious inside unless you are 6 feet like me but even then, it wasn’t a problem. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly.
  • What a cool place to visit! It's beautiful and interesting to learn about mining. Pops is awesome! He gave a great tour and was so personally accommodating! Panning for gold was pretty fun too!
  • Such a great stop. It is a tourist attraction but still so much fun and a fun way to interact with history. This would be great for young kids as well as it's not too cold and they can touch everything. Panning for gold is fun too and I recommend at least 1 pan per kid. Went on Tusday July 3rd 2018 and the younger gal that gave the tour did an excellent job even recovering from a sore throat. I also recommend this if you are planning on going through any caves with someone who is a little scared of tight spaces as this is nice and calm.
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