Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD

Exclusive Online Offer: Family Pass Available
(Must purchase in advance online or toll-free at 1-800-987-9852)
604 Blair St Keystone, SD 57751
1-800-987-9852  
Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD
Detail The tour lasts about an hour. Most people spend about an hour panning and an hour at the museum.
Detail The price of each ticket will also include access to the museum.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
Detail Gift Shop On-site
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Description
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Big Thunder Gold Mine gives Mount Rushmore visitors the chance to tour an authentic gold mine and try their hand at mining. This attraction will bring you back to the exciting times of the settling of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Learn about the history of the area and tour an actual gold mine with knowledgeable and interesting tour guides.

The mining museum is a fascinating and informative site with displays detailing the era and showing what life was like for those who really 'went for the gold.' You can even take a part of that life back with you when you return to the 21st century with your own piece of gold ore.

The tour runs daily and is handicap accessible. The on-site museum is modeled after the Tykoon Gold Mill (Custom Mill) that was built in 1895 on the Big Thunder property. There is no additional charge to get in the museum, and inside you will get the chance to explore a stamp mill, a bell crusher and jaw crusher, winches, blacksmith equipment and more. Afterwards, you can get the chance to search for gold yourself. The gold and gem panning exercise guarantees that you will find gold, though you will realize that patience was definitely a virtue the miners of the past needed to have.

Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour
Available Now until 10/31/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy admission to the Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour for the chance to explore an authentic gold mine and try your hand at mining.
Big Thunder Gold Mine Gold Panning
Available Now until 10/31/2019 View Detailed Schedule
With the Gold Panning option, you'll be able to experience your own historic adventure by panning for gold in the stream. You will be given a lesson on the correct techniques and you may even strike it rich - and you're guaranteed to find gold! This is a unique experience the whole family can enjoy.
Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour and Gold Panning
Available Now until 10/31/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy admission to the Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour for the chance to explore an authentic gold mine and try your hand at mining. Then pan for gold for a complete experience that will first introduce you to the world of mining and then experience it for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions for Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD:
  • What is included in the admission price for Big Thunder Gold Mine?
    Each pass will include access to the museum.
  • Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD?
    The tour lasts about an hour, people spend about an hour panning for gold, and spend about an hour at the museum.
  • Is Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD handicap accessible?
    Yes!
  • Is photography & video recording allowed?
    Of course! Don't forget your cameras.
  • For what ages is Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD appropriate?
    This is great for all ages.
  • Is parking available at Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD? Is it free?
    Yes, free parking is available at the location.
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James Cheek
AR
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"The gold mine was fun!"
The gold mine was fun! We had a good time and it was a perfect thing to do after driving for such a long time.
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Jennifer Webb
CO
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"Fun time."
Fun time. Entertaining. Educational. Well worth the time and money.
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Meredith Bartee
NE
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"The panning part of it was fun."
The person leading the tour was only 5 days on the job. She was entertaining and knowledgeable about what she was doing. The panning part of it was fun. I have to take my kids next time.
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Virginia Donaldson
CO
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"[we] raved about it all the way home!"
Nice! The tour of the mine was better than i thought it would be. My brother, wife and nice raved about it all the way home!
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