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Fun Things to Do at Big Thunder Gold Mine

Tour the Mining Museum The mining museum is a replica of an old 1895 mill that was on the facility grounds. You can visit the museum and look at the numerous artifacts highlighting gold mining history in the Black hills. At the museum, you will get to see jaw crushers, stamp mills, winches, blacksmith equipment, original assay office displays, copper and Wilfley tables, original ore bins, tools, and elevator equipment. These artifacts are from mines in the Black Hills.

Partake in On-Site Gold Panning At the facility, you will get to experience on-site gold panning. You will get a hands-on lesson in gold panning techniques. It's an excellent activity for kids and adults alike. The on-site panning is available throughout the day, and each class hardly takes 15 to 20 minutes. You can come with a group or alone. The best part is that you will get to keep the gold that you find!

Enjoy Claim Panning Big Thunder Gold Mine provides you with the opportunity to try your hand at claim panning. You can spend a day exploring a Black Hills gold claim and learn how to pan for gold from experienced panners. You can opt for the half-day tour, which will last 4 hours, or the full-day tour, which will last 8 hours and include lunch.

The claim panning tour takes place 4 miles from the mine. You can follow the guide in your car. Since the claim is in the Black Hills wilderness, you need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You should also bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and snacks to the claim. During the tour, you will dig into the earth and learn to classify various rocks. You will also pan for gold in the creek. Your guide will provide you with the necessary panning equipment.

Have a Feast at Big Thunder Bar and grill; You can finish up your day with a mouth watering lunch or dinner at Big Thunder Bar and Grill. Alternatively, you can start your day with a hearty breakfast at the restaurant. You can choose your meal from a vast list of authentic, delectable, and inexpensive South Dakota food items. You can also enjoy a delicious ice cream cone on the outdoor deck while enjoying a striking view of Mount Rushmore.
Big Thunder Gold Mine is inarguably a fun place to take your family on your visit to Keystone, SD. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and plan your trip to the mine!

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