Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD

(4.2) Based on 28 reviews
604 Blair St Keystone, SD 57751
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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
Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD Schedule Schedule
Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD
Hours of Operation:
May
27
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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28
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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29
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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30
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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31
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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1
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD Photos (23)
A group of people wearing hard hats listens to a man gesturing while giving a tour inside a cave or mineA group of people wearing hard hats listens to a man gesturing while giving a tour inside a cave or mineA group of people wearing hard hats listens to a man gesturing while giving a tour inside a cave or mineA group of people wearing hard hats listens to a man gesturing while giving a tour inside a cave or mine
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Great, great tour! Went to Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. Saw lots of buffalo in the park and lots of scenic views. Loved this tour!XYZNina Roberts - Knoxville, TnGreat, great tour! Went to Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. Saw lots of buffalo in the park and lots of scenic views. Loved this tour!XYZNina Roberts - Knoxville, TnGreat, great tour! Went to Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. Saw lots of buffalo in the park and lots of scenic views. Loved this tour!XYZNina Roberts - Knoxville, TnGreat, great tour! Went to Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. Saw lots of buffalo in the park and lots of scenic views. Loved this tour!XYZNina Roberts - Knoxville, Tn

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.

About Big Thunder Gold Mine

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, also known as the Custom Mill, that was built on the Big Thunder property in 1895. There is no additional charge to get in the museum, and inside you will get the chance to explore a bell crusher, stamp mill, jaw crusher, blacksmith equipment, winches, 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.

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Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour
Available Now until 12/31/2024 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 12/31/2024 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 12/31/2024 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.
Reviews
 4.2   |    28 reviews
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Nina Roberts
Knoxville, TN
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"Kids will love it!"
Fun little tour. Doesn't take too long then you are off to pan for gold. Kids will love it!
Entering the Mine at Big Thunder Gold Mine Exploring the Mine at Big Thunder Gold Mine Mining Equipment at the Big Thunder Gold Mine Vein at Big Thunder Gold Mine Panning for Gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine
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Virginia Donaldson
Broomfield, CO
Verified Traveler

"[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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Jennifer Webb
Lakewood, CO
Verified Traveler

"Fun time."
Fun time. Entertaining. Educational. Well worth the time and money.
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Jessica Nordby
Grygla, MN
Verified Traveler

"Very interesting"
Very interesting, tour guide ( will) di a great job. He made it very interesting.
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?
    Yes, free parking is available at the location.
  • Do I get to keep any gold I find?
    Due to US laws, guests cannot keep the gold from the regular panning session and must book a claim mining session.

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