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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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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