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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Great tour, but panning was a let down

Overall this was a fun experience, but I feel like this should be two reviews.1) The Mine Tour... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
BusyMomMn
via mobile
Surprisingly fun!

We went to the Big Thunder Gold Mine because my sister thought it sounded fun. To be honest it... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
DaniLea78
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Sidney, Montana
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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+1 605-666-4847
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Overall this was a fun experience, but I feel like this should be two reviews.1) The Mine Tour - would rate a 5. The whole family enjoyed it. I would recommend to management that they consider investing in new hard hats. My two youngest (7...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. I know it was so busy that our staff didn't get to people as they should have. Your comments were well taken, thank you! Thank your the 5 star on the mine. Come back again, sorry for your...More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

We went to the Big Thunder Gold Mine because my sister thought it sounded fun. To be honest it didn't really rank high on my list of stuff I wanted to do. Boy, am I glad we went! The tour was entertaining, our guide Jennifer...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had a monumental great time. We look forward to your return. Sandi

Reviewed 26 July 2016

They have you panning for gold in raised beds alongside the stream. Didn't see anybody with even a small amount of gold flecks. We were disappointed. Won't return.More

Thank Stephen C
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Did you look at the board with all of activities on the board when you came in. The claim panning is panning in the stream. That was one of the choices. We guarantee gold in both experiences. Did you find gold?.if not you needed to...More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Our guide 'Trent' was great and made it a enjoyable day. Wish it was longer was that much fun for everyone in our group.

Thank M K
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for a 5 star review, we strive for a monumental experience for all of guests. Sandi

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Wife found brochure somewhere, so we took our granddaughters there while on Mt. Rushmore trip. It turned out much better than I expected. The staff was very genuinely friendly. You don your hard hat and enter the mine. All the time entertained by a young...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for a good review. We strive to have our guests receive a monumental memory while at Big Thunder. Sandi

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Did this for my granddaughter glad we did , great history of mines and the mining process in the Black Hills very informative and educational plus she got to pan for gold. If your can bend down if your tall it is worth it. You...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5star review. A monumental experience for your family is a true goal! Come back again. Sandi

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We all had a great time. The tour guide was funny and did a great job keeping old and young interested and informed. And who doesn't love panning for gold. Will be stopping here again next year.

Thank Chad M
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review. Do come back next time. Sandi

Reviewed 26 July 2016

We only did the panning and was not impressed with it at all. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our two children were bored very quickly and ready to move on. It was their least favorite thing we did the entire trip. To us...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

My 3 children (13,9,5) and I attended the gold mine tour and then did the panning. Our tour guide, Jennifer was amazing. She was informative and helpful. My children loved it. They just wished they would have found more gold pieces.

Thank Jill T
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It is important that your family had a monumental time. Sandi

Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was a neat and interesting place to visit.....they gave a great insight on how gold was mined. It is a awesome place for kids!!

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the fabulous review, do come back again. Sandi

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hh5798
How long should I plan to spend here with a 10 yr old and 6 yr old?
15 April 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
You usually spend about 2 hours to do the tour, the gold panning and gem panning. Hope to see you. Sandi
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ARLMD
Are you open year round?
8 March 2017|
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Response from AorsiFry1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure if you get on their website and or call them you will get your answer.
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Mr&MrsHinMN
Is the tour and/or panning for gold handicapped accessible?
21 February 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
Yes the gold panning is handicap and wheelchair accessible, even the claim tour. All of our activities including gold panning, gem panning, the mine tour and the restaurant are all accessible to a wheelchair and those who... More
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