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  • Lead Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center South Dakota
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Sandford Lab at Homestake Mine in Lead, SD

Once the largest gold and silver mine in the Western Hemisphere, Homestake Mine is now home to the Sandford Lab research facility. The Homestake mining museum is open to the public for free exhibits and surface tours of the historic mine operation.
The Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota was operational for over 126 years, as prospectors arrived in the Black Hills during the mid-1870's. With more than 370 miles of tunnels reaching down 8,000 feet, the Homestake mine produced more than 41 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver before closing in December 2001.


Prices -

2019 RATES
  • Group (10 or more people): $5.00 per person
  • Family (4 or more): $25
  • Adults (22-54): $8.00
  • Students With ID (7-21): $7.00
  • Over 55: $7.00
  • Winter Tours: $5.00
  • Children age 5 and under: FREE

Hours -

Summer Tours run daily from mid- May to the end of September at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm.


  • Hoist & Trolley tours
  • Visit the Homestake Mine Gift Shop
  • Scavenger Hunt around the facility
  • Rent bikes to ride over 100 miles of trails
  • Hit Golf Balls into the deep mine pit


  • What can I see at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center?

    You can tour the exhibit hall with 3-D models of the underground mine showing the operation from the surface through the mine tunnels down to 8,000 feet. You can also take a surface tour around the facility to view the 1,250-foot-deep open mine cut, and visit the Yates hoist room, which features a large mechanical hoist with more than 5,000 feet of rope used to transport miners.
  • Can you pan for gold at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center?

    No. Panning for gold activities are available at the Black Hills Mining Museum.

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