Big Thunder Gold Mine

Black Hills Most Complete Mining Experience!

About Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Gold Mine



Recapture the adventure of this bygone era with an authentic 1890's gold mine tour.
Learn about mining and Gold Panning from knowledgeable Black Hills Gold Mine Tour guides. Big Thunder Gold Mine is completely wheelchair accessible and fun for all ages.

Rattlesnake Randy - Lead Panner
Rattlesnake Randy is a gold miner and California State Gold panning Championship medalist in Speed panning. Randy has been panning gold for several years and enjoys teaching the technique and methods of Gold Panning that he has learned through the years to people all ages. So come grab a Gold Pan and learn how to pan for gold with Rattlesnake Randy!

On Site Gold Panning-
Panning for gold is a fun and easy hobby. Anyone can do it. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry! At Big Thunder Gold Mine, we provide on-site gold panning for you and your entire group. Panning for gold is easy and fun for the whole family. Come experience our on-site gold panning and learn how to pan for gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine! This activity is fun for people of all ages. You’ll receive a hands-on lesson while you learn the proper technique of panning using the mineral rich sand and gravel from famous Black Hills streams! This is a great hands-on activity for kids and adults alike. We do allow the pans to be shared among multiple people, so everyone in the group can be a part of the action. Our on-site gold panning is available all day. The on-site gold panning lessons take approximately 15-45 minutes, but there’s no time limit. Have as much fun as you want! Even if you’re not part of a group, we also offer individual on-site gold panning lessons.

Claim Panning-
Spend the day (or half-day) exploring a genuine Black Hills gold claim while learning to pan for gold in the same gold-rich streams that brought early miners to the Black Hills in the 1800’s.

Tour Our Museum -
The Mining Museum is a replica of the Tykoon Gold Mill built in 1895 on the Big Thunder Gold Mine property. The Mining Museum contains thousands of artifacts of Gold Mining in the Black Hills from three working mines in the Black Hills that were reclaimed and torn down. Professional guides describe how miners carefully extracted gold from the gold ore while Gold Mining in the Black Hills.

Tour Our Mine -
Recapture the adventure of this bygone era with a Black Hills Gold Mine Tour at Big Thunder Gold Mine. Tour Big Thunder’s authentic 1890's gold mine. Learn about mining and Gold Panning from knowledgeable Black Hills Gold Mine Tour guides. Big Thunder Gold Mine is completely wheelchair accessible and fun for all ages