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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Family road trip with kids 8, 12 & 13

Wonderful experience! My 12yr old is a rock hound who loved sifting through the creek pebbles to... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
traverseusa
,
Painesville, Ohio
via mobile
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My son begged to go here to get gold. It was fun to experience at least once, but pricey. Nice... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Bskcase
,
Southwick, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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+1 605-666-4847
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful experience! My 12yr old is a rock hound who loved sifting through the creek pebbles to find gold and lots of garnet! Got to meet Rattlesnake Randy too. Alana was wonderful showing how to pan. Thanks! We could have spent hours here. My girls...More

1  Thank traverseusa
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Big Thunder and giving us a monumental 5 star review! Rocks are our thing! So glad that your had a fantastic time. Gold Panning is a fantastic experience. Alanna and Randy are fantastic. Come back again. Sandi

Reviewed 11 April 2017

My son begged to go here to get gold. It was fun to experience at least once, but pricey. Nice large gift shop.More

Thank Bskcase
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

I wanted to respond to your review. I appreciate your good responses. I feel that our prices are some of the lowest prices for tours and panning in the Black Hills. $9.95 for panning and you may even share the pan. Gold Guarenteed. Thank you...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We got the tour of the mine which was something worth seeing again the photos are the end of the mine up againest a wall of iron and rust and our tour guide. The tour was very educational and fun learning about the past.

Thank Richard P
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review! . Come back again. We are glad that we could provide a day to your monumental vacation. Sandi

Reviewed 2 April 2017

This was a very interesting and informative trip into the past. The guide was great & we got a real look into the world of mining.

Thank mailqueen
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the fantastic review, we are proud to provide a quality experience for your family. Sandi

Reviewed 20 March 2017

We came up from TX and loved the tour and history of the gold mine. My kiddos (15,11&9) including my hubby enjoyed learning how to pan for gold. The entire staff was welcoming and helpful. Will totally do it again if we ever make our...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review. We love providing a monumental experience for your family come back again. Sandi

Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour and wonderful staff, ready to answer any questions and very friendly! Great with the kids and assisting them in finding gold to take home as souvenirs! Had a blast with the family!

Thank ToddMason1020
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! You comments mean everything to us. We are so happy you had a monumental vacation. Sandi

Reviewed 21 November 2016

this is a great place to visit. our tour guide was very knowledgeable and make the visit informative.

Thank lulubahamas
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Your 5 star review was outstanding. Each day wem are open we strive for the best experience we can give our guests. Come back and see us again. Sandi

Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had never been in a cave. Our intelligent experienced guide told us so much. Also about people playing important parts in Keystones history. We learned all about the cave and mining process. Then, you can pan for gold in the front. Great fun!

1  Thank 23mjs
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the outstanding 5 star review. We are proud that we added a monumental memory to your trip. Sandi

Reviewed 11 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone. The guide the not only knowledgeable & informative, but had a wonderful sense of humor. We visited there with the grandkids, ages 5 & 11 and it really kept their interest. The tour...More

1  Thank denise m
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the monumental 5 star review. You experience makes us very happy and we are proud that we could provide a monumental experience. Come back again. Sandi

Reviewed 29 October 2016

Our guide,Jesse, took us on a tour of an actual gold mine and related the story of the two miners who had mined it. Fascinating and he did a great job answering our questions. I will never envy gold miners again! Also tried panning for...More

Thank 657Kathy
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review on Jessie. He is a gem, we try to keep our prices moderate so we can have an affordable experience for all families. Do come back. Sandi

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hh5798
How long should I plan to spend here with a 10 yr old and 6 yr old?
15 April 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
You usually spend about 2 hours to do the tour, the gold panning and gem panning. Hope to see you. Sandi
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ARLMD
Are you open year round?
9 March 2017|
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Response from AorsiFry1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure if you get on their website and or call them you will get your answer.
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Mr&MrsHinMN
Is the tour and/or panning for gold handicapped accessible?
21 February 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
Yes the gold panning is handicap and wheelchair accessible, even the claim tour. All of our activities including gold panning, gem panning, the mine tour and the restaurant are all accessible to a wheelchair and those who... More
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