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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone

Tours and Panning at Big Thunder Gold Mine (Up to 58% Off). Seven Options Available.

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Gold mine offers tours of the most maintained mine in Keystone, displaying a variety of rocks, structures, and minerals

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14 ratings7 reviews
1 day ago
This is a great family adventure Rich was an amazing tour guide, who made the tour very informative and fun. The restaurant was great afterwards! Wish we lived closer to come back again Defiantly a must do for families with teens and younger kids Great value all around
2 ratings1 reviews
2 days ago
Great tour guide, kids had fun panning:-)
2 ratings1 reviews
2 days ago
Mine tour was great. Very interesting with great artifacts. Took about an hour. My kids liked panning for gold after. Must go if u r visiting Mount Rushmore or r in the area
66 ratings54 reviews1 photos
7 days ago
Kids had a blast and the tour guide was awesome. :)
1 ratings1 reviews
March 29, 2021
It was such a fun and educational experience for our family! :)
1 ratings1 reviews
March 25, 2021
What a great experience. Sarah excellent & Rich was great too. Our family of 4 had a really fun time.
1 ratings1 reviews
March 19, 2021
Very interesting experience. The provided information about mines was great.
1 ratings1 reviews
November 30, 2020
We had so much fun on the mine tour and panning for gold. Our tour guide was engaging, entertaining, and informative. We easily found small flakes of gold and small garnets after a quick lesson. It was one of our favorite activities in the Keystone area.
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About This Deal

  • About gold mine tour: visitors can walk around the mine for as long as they like with tour guides along the way to provide information to guests
  • About gold panning lesson: guests learn the basics of placer mining and gold panning
  • Half-Day Claim Gold Panning includes:
    • Four-hours of gold panning in the mine
    • Visitors get to keep whatever gold they find
  • Departure time set by appointment
  • Departure location: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD 57751
  • Free admission for children under 5; valid with tours only

Need To Know

Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2021. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. 24-hour advance reservation required for Half-Day Gold Panning Options. Hours of operation vary by month; please check calendar. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed voucher price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Gold Mine transports modern-day folks back to a time of prospectors, enterprising German immigrants, and gold rushes. The mine, originally named the Gold Hill Lode, was discovered by two Germans—W.B. Krupp and J.A. Engle—in 1892. Known for its diversity of rock types, structures, and dazzling minerals, the site made as good a mine in the 19th century as it makes a tourist attraction today. Today, the meticulously maintained spot gives folks a glimpse into a bygone era in American history.