Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

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Grab your pick and a pan and head to Big Thunder Gold Mine for some old-fashioned fun underground. Take a tour of the gold mine, which operated from 1882 to 1914, and learn about the history of the mine from informed guides. Discover from guides how the miners extracted gold from the mined ore, and, as you walk through dark and narrow shafts, learn how the miners created the shafts with only candlelight to guide them. At the museum you'll discover a large collection of mining equipment, including a stamp mill and blacksmithing equipment. Finally, take a turn at panning for gold or gems in the stream on the property. All areas of the tour and site are wheelchair accessible. Plan to see Big Thunder Gold Mine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Keystone journey maker .
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  • We were not sure what to expect. Bought the Groupon (highly recommended). We were greeted by Rattlesnake Randy and co. Randy was such a pleasure to talk to. Showing us his gold, a bit of history, and ...  more »
  • We did the mine tour and panning afterwards. Both were informative and very entertaining on a day when Mt. Rushmore was shrouded in fog. Our tour guide was friendly and well-informed. When the tour wa...  more »
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  • What a cool place to visit with so much history! Rattlesnake randy was so friendly and my kids enjoyed his jokes and stories! Can’t wait to go back!
  • One of the best cave/mine tours near Keystone and Mount Rushmore. Kids really enjoyed panning for gold.

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