Homestake Gold Mine, South Dakota


Homestake Gold Mine

America’s largest gold mine until it closed in 2001, the Homestake Gold mine offers above-ground tours that illuminate the underground mining process and tours the historic town of Lead, South Dakota

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  • Once the largest gold mine in America, Homestake Gold Mine has a rich history just waiting to be discovered.
  • Tours explore the mine and the historic town of Lead, South Dakota. 
  • Open 8am to 6pm, May through September. 
  • Tour tickets are $7.50/person, $6.50/student, $6.75/senior, $25/family of four.


When it closed in 2001 after over 125 years of operation, the Homestake Gold Mine was the largest and deepest gold mine in America, as well as a site of scientific discovery and exploration. After closing, the mine’s visitor center has remained open, with guided tours of Lead and the surface of the Homestead mining operation providing a deeper look at the mining process, from discovery to processing, and the history of Lead.


Homestake Gold Mine is located at the east end of Main Street in Lead, South Dakota, about an hour from Rapid City.


Homestake Gold Mine is open from 8am to 6pm, May through September. Tours last approximately one hour.


Homestake Gold tour tickets are $7.50/adult, $6.50/student, $6.75/senior, $25/family of four. 

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For more information on the Homestake Gold Mine, call 605-584-3110 or visit