Keystone, SD

  • Phone: 605-666-4847
  • Website:
  • Length of Vacation: Few hours to Full Day
  • Cost: Varies on activity $8 – $80
  • Open: Year-round (call to be sure)
  • Type of Prospecting: Gold Panning & Mine Tours
  • Equipment: Provided
  • Instruction: Provided
  • Lodging: In Keystone
  • Meals: Not provided

From their web site:

Gold Panning: Learn how to pan for gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine! You will 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!

  • On-site Gold Panning is available every 20 minutes.
  • On-site Gold Panning lessons take approximately 15-45 minutes, but there is no time limit.
  • On-site Gold Panning guarantees you find 24K gold.
  • Individual On-site Gold Panning lessons are available.
  • Pans may be shared among multiple people.

Claim Gold 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 1800s.

  • Claim Gold Panning is located four miles down the road (you will follow the guide in your own vehicle) on a National Forest Service Claim, bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Usually, shoes with good traction but that can get wet, and shorts or pants that you can roll up.
  • Claim Gold Panning offers half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours) experiences. Tours times are 8a-12p, 12p-4p or 8a-4p during regular season.
  • Claim Gold Panning methods include: digging in the earth, classifying the rock, sluicing and panning directly in the creek. Panning equipment provided for the tour.
  • Claim Gold Panning helps you find Black Hills Gold