8 a.m. ~ 10 p.m.
new gold pan costs about $8. If you buy one and
pan for a week, you
might actually find enough gold to pay for it.
On the other hand, a
a lot worse than spending an afternoon on the
bank of a cold mountain
panning for gold.
this is a
hobby for many local
residents of the Black Hills and it was, of
course, the vocation of many
of the first adventurers who came to the Black
Hills. Unfortunately, like the old
timers, some locals who pan may be less
helpful in giving you hints about where to pan.
A few have even
been know to steer strangers to places where
they absolutely know that
no gold can be found. We guess they figure they
don't need the
want the experience of panning for some gold,
there's a lot of
attractions in the hills that will give you a
shot at it for a small
In Keystone head for the Big Thunder Gold Mine.
The nice thing about
doing it this way is that you are almost certain
to see a litle color. Also it is a
good way to hone your panning
technique. You probably will find gold because,
guess what, they've put some there.
You can do some real
panning at Wade's Gold Mill
near Hill City. They actually bring in
truckloads of real placer ore
and sell it to you at $3 a bucket. Also there's
a working placer mine
in Rochford where the owner will let you pan for
$20 a day and you get
to keep everything you find. Then after a hard
day of panning you can
go to the Moonshine Gulch Saloon to ease you
the technique, you can pan in almost any Black
Hills stream where
there's always hope of turning up a little speck
Don't expect to find a nugget however. Almost
all naturally occuring
gold in the Black Hills is in the form of dust
way, there are gold deposits within the
boundaries of Mt.
Rushmore, Wind Cave and possibly Jewel Cave but
not in the Badlands or
Devil's Tower. But the National Park
Service won't let you pan in
any of those places.