Big Thunder Gold Mine is open as usual but times are modified and some procedures. The following are in effect:

  • Masks are highly suggested for the tours.
  • We have 2 tours per hour one every 30 minutes so they do not pass each other in the mine (social distancing).
  • Tours may consist of up to 20 people per tour.
  • Only 1 and 1/2 feet is needed for social distancing during individual tours.
  • We put 2 capfulls of bleach in the troughs to eliminate any virus. Gloves can be used if you are allergic.
  • We practice the 6 foot distance at all troughs for gold panning and gem panning. Every other trough is used.
  • Masks are worn by all guides in the mine for your protection and theirs.
  • The claim experience is in nature by the creek and plenty of space and beauty. 24 hour reservations required.
  • We have a drive thru espresso with sneeze guard.
  • Our restaurant which opened on May 16 will have limited in door seating of 30, outdoor seating on a deck, pick up and delivery available.
  • Consistent sanitizing of all facility.
  • Our hours currently are 8-8 last tour at 3:50.
  • We are very responsible as to making sure every thing is safe for all of our customers. Reservations may be implemented depending on the crowds for the tours. Panning is immediate.

We would love to have you come. Beauty and space is our game and I know you would love it!

See you soon,
Sandi McLain

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Gold Panning and Gold Prospecting with Ozzy Osbourne

Hi all. Last October I had the pleasure of gold mining with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne. 

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What a great time! The little you get to see on Ozzy and Jack's World Detour show is but a glimpse of the time we spent together discussing panning techniques and spending that quality time together when gold enthusiasts get out in the hills and dig for gold.
I was impressed with both of their quickly-learned skill in classifying and panning. Jack was especially enjoying it - I could have spent days with them out there! But the time we did spend will always be a treasure for me. Whenever I get to teach anyone - famous or not - the basics of gold mining, it really gives me a great feeling like I'm passing on an activity that hopefully they will someday enjoy as much as I do.
I hope you go to the History Channel's website and view Ozzy and Jack's World Detour show (episode #3, Father Knows West). It's very entertaining! What else can I say, Gold Mining with Ozzy and Jack - ROCKS!!!

Keep your pan in the water!

Rattlesnake Randy
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