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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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I signed up for the "full" day of mining (8 hours). It was great, but I also found gold. I only... read more

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Reviewed 20 July 2017
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Really DIGGING for gold

We had 3 grandson's for trip to SD. One of our stops was the Big Thunder Gold Mine. It was 4 hours... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
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Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and was founded in 1892. You see the largest display of mining equipment in the Black Hills and learn the history of the gold rush in 1876. We have two forms of panning: one is our commercial panning right on site. Guides will demonstrate theskill of panning, no time limit and we guarentee you will find gold. We also have claim panning where you will pan directly our of the creek 4 miles down the road on Forest Service property. Those exist in 4 hour trips.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

I signed up for the "full" day of mining (8 hours). It was great, but I also found gold. I only mined for around 5 hours. If you have younger children (I have a 12 & 7 year old girls) I would only recommend the...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for the monumental 5 star review. It is a lot of work but so worth it. This gave you the feeling the miners had at the end of the day...tired and beat, but finding that gold is the best thing that puts a...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We had 3 grandson's for trip to SD. One of our stops was the Big Thunder Gold Mine. It was 4 hours of actual work. first trekking into the woods to the digging site where we dug, and dug and dug into soil, and rocks....More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for the phenomenal review. It is a lot of work but so fulfilling. Just imagine the miners many years ago! 5 stars yeah! Come back and see us soon. Sandi

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

My mom (age 72), my kids (twins age 10 and a 13 year old), my niece and nephew (also 13 years old) and I visited the mine today for a full day experience and to have a birthday party for the three 13 year old...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you so much for the fabulous review. This family was amazing. We all left being great friends, something we like to do with most of our guests. When you go to Big Thunder it is a golden day! We believe in our theme and...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

From the owners to the employees, one of the best attraction in Keystone South Dakota. Just visiting the Big Thunder Gold Mine is part of the experience, going out to the Claim, tops off the outstanding learning of times gone by. Trenton one of many...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you so very much for the five star review Robert...you are a true gem. We take pride in giving a monumental experience to our guests. Sandi

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Was a fun and educational experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and competent. She told us local history about the mining site and claim we worked at. All three families learned where to dig for material, how to sluice, and how to pan out their concentrates....More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you so very much for the five star review. This is a true mining experience. Sandi

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Trenton took us out to the Hills and taught us how to be prospectors... this was an incredible experience and a lot of work, but worth it (boys 5, 8 and 10) we had to dig, sift and pan. We also loved the Mine tour...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

thank you for the 5 star review. Do come back again. We are glad that we could provide a monumental experience for your family. sandi

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

This was a great first hand experience! My husband and 2 kids, 8 & 6, did the 4 hour claim panning tour. Dad did the bucket filling / digging while our son helped scrape the sides of the hold. Me & my daughter processed the...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you so much for the monumental review...Cass is great guide, and you are right it is so worth it! Sandi

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I brought our 2 boys, ages 7 and 9, to Big Thunder for the gold mine tour and onsite gold panning. Our tour guide, Jennifer, was excellent. She kept the kids engaged, and was a wealth of information-well worth the 45 minutes!...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for the five star review. Yes, Jennifer is a star, one who loves her guests. Thank you and come back again to make another monumental memory. Sandi

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Trenton was a great guide. He lead us out to the claim and showed us how to dig the dirt, sluice and pan. We came home with some SD gold.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for coming to experience our claim tour it is remarkable as are the guides. This is a true bucket list for all visitors. Sandi

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

I recommend the tour! Very knowledgeable tour guide that threw in some humor to make the "history lesson" worth it. I don't recommend toddlers, it's dark and you walk through the mine. There were a few toddlers in our group that whined the entire time.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for your monumental review of Big Thunder. 5Stars always make you feel good. Do come back again and see us! Sandi

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No you do not need a reservation just come, tours every 25 minutes this time of the year. Panning right away. Sandi
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