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

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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. 

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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