Big Thunder Gold Mine is open as usual through the end of October:

  • Masks can be worn for our mine tours, but are not required.
  • We put 2 cap-fulls of bleach in our Gold Panning troughs to eliminate any virus. Gloves can be used if you are allergic.
  • Hand sanitizer is available on-site for anybody who needs it.
  • Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the Big Thunder Bar & Grill.

See you soon,
Sandi McLain

Open Daily

Open In March Thursdays - Sundays
April 1st
- October 31st  Open Daily
Hours & rates

Gold Mining in the Black Hills with the Right Gold Panning Supplies

My husband had never panned for "Real" gold and was a little hesitant to try this activity.

When we stopped at this attraction, we went into the shop and talked to employees about the off-site claim tour Panning - whole day or half day tour. We chose the half-day and went out with Rattlesnake Randy - what a hoot. Randy was Great - very experienced, great personality and made the whole time an "Awesome" adventure. Not only did we pan and find gold, but we also found small garnets. What a great time - will definitely do this again - only the next time it will be for the full day.... Thank you so much!

- review, Trip Advisor

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