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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Posts for June 2016

Be Responsible when Gold Prospecting: A Good Gold Panning Trip Means Cleaning Up

Howdy!  Today I thought I’d stress the importance and responsibility of treating our great outdoors with respect when you’re out on your next gold prospecting adventure!

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Gold Prospecting Tips for Panning and Sluicing on a Gold Claim

Hi again!  Well, the Black Hills summer season is upon us.  The Big Thunder Gold Mine is in full swing already, and we're taking customers down to the claims to sluice and pan for Black Hills gold.  Keystone is getting busier and busier with people from all around the country, and we’re getting our fair share of future gold prospecting hobbyists!  We have our own gold claim, where we take groups of people down and teach them how to pan for gold.  The best part?  You get to keep the gold you find! 

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