Hours & Rates

Big Thunder Gold Mine is Open Daily

June, July, August
8am – 8pm
Last tour @ 7pm 

April and October       9am - 5pm
May and September    9am - 6pm
Last tour @ 1 hour before close

Reserve your Off-SEASON Black Hills Gold Mine Tour

(November – March)

Call: (605) 666-4847
*Big Thunder Gold Mine is open Thur-Sun from 9am-4pm starting the 2nd weekend of March.

Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour Rates

Adults: $11.95

Children 6-12: $8.95

Children 5 and younger: No charge

Group Rates Available with 
Advance reservations for groups of 15 or more

Big Thunder Gold Mine also offers two different types of gold panning experiences for you and your family.

On-Site Gold Panning

Learn the basics of placer mining and gold panning with our on-site gold panning.


$11.95 per pan

$9.95 when combined with a mine tour

Book now!

Claim Panning

We also offer claim panning. Spend a half-day or day on Big Thunder Gold Mine’s actual claim. You’ll head out with one of our panning experts and pan for real Black Hills Gold. Whatever gold you find on your claim panning adventure, you get to keep!

Claim Panning Rates


Half Day (4 hours)

Full Day (8 hours)

Children (ages 6-16)






Half Day Claim Panning:

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Full Day Claim Panning:

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*Reservations for claim panning must be at least 24 hours in advance.
**Tours book up fast, so we suggest making your reservation a few days in advance.
*** Refunds only availble for documented medical reasons or we cancel due to weather.