Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

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Address: 604 Blair St, Keystone, SD 57751, USA, United States

Phone: +1-6056664847

Ticket Price: 10 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

Big Thunder Gold Mine is a replica of the Tykoon Gold Mill from 1895. Containing some of the largest equipment from gold mining in the black mill, Big Thunder Gold Mine is an interesting place to visit along with its caves and professional tour guides who offer you the best of experience. Go pan your own gold inside the museum and live your fantasy of being a gold miner for a day. Big Thunder Gold Mine houses a mining museum, eatery, an antique shop, and a couple of gift shops. The place offers a thorough experience of how life would have been for a miner during the gold rush times. 

Big Thunder Gold Mine Information

  • Reservation is recommended for a group of 15 or more and during the season of November - April.
  • Big Thunder Gold Mine can be easily accessed by a person with disabilities and wheelchairs.

Big Thunder Gold Mine Ticket Prices

  • Adult: $9.95
  • Children 5-12: $6.95
  • Children under 5 years: Free
  • On-site Gold Panning: $9.95 per person
  • For other prices contact the management or check the official site.

Big Thunder Gold Mine Opening and Closing Hours

  • Big Thunder Gold Mine is open Thursday - Sunday during Spring Break.

How To reach Big Thunder Gold Mine by Public Transport

  • Rent a car or hire a taxi. 

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Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone Reviews

  • A fun place to take your kids. The tour guides are always very nice and want you to ask questions. When you are done with the tour, you can pan for gold or stop over at the bar and grill for some food or ice cream. As this place is not that big,don't plan your day around it, the tour lasts about an hour. The path through the mine is also stroller friendly if you have young children.

  • We came here because my son is a huge mining/mine fan. Our guide, Alana, was simply amazing. She was not only knowledgeable about the mine, how everything worked, history of it, and all the minerals- she was enthusiastic and excited about what she does. Even after the tour she was talking to us and letting us know about the different minerals- and then she came back (at closing time) and stayed around to help the kids figure out the panning and do better at it. Everyone here was so nice and friendly. I highly recommend this place, and Alana in particular. Fantastic experience! (Alana mid- tour, picture)

  • 9/18/17. Very nice tour of an old gold mine. Tour was reasonably priced and lasted about 45 minutes. Our guide Alana was both entertaining and knowledgeable of it's history. We were the last tour of the day and she stayed with us talking of the surrounding area and of where we were from until we left. Lots to do around the grounds including panning for gold and an old mill with tools and machines from the time period.

  • Wonderfully unique experience for all ages, and the owner and staff are VERY informative and friendly. A MUST-SEE

  • The half day claim panning excursion was incredible. Expect to get wet and dirty, as you dig for your own flakes and nuggets and the guide teaches you how to run it through the hand sluice and pans. Lots of walking back and forth over rough terrain. But we came home with about 30 golf flakes in a vial, and learned a ton of information about panning, gold, and geology in general from our guide, Ross. Worthwhile if you want an authentic Black Hills prospecting experience!

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