Your tour includes a trip through historic Lead, and a surface tour of Sanford Lab. In the Yates hoist room, you’ll see hoists that have been in operation since 1939, including how they are maintained. You’ll also learn about the more-than 5,000 feet of rope that take personnel to the underground. If you’re lucky, you may even see the hoists in action! You’ll also learn a little bit about the mining process and the state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant designed by Homestake Mining Company and still used today by Sanford Lab and other companies around the world. Tours last approximately one hour. 

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Summer Tours run daily from May 1 to September 30 at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm. Large groups or bus tours should book tours at least one day in advance.  

Winter Tours are now available DAILY! A 20 minute guided tour that takes you from 1876 to the future of science.

2018 Rates

  • Group (10 or more people): $5.00 per person
  • Family (4 or more): $25
  • Adults (22-54): $8.00
  • Students (with ID ages 7-21): $7.00
  • Military (with ID): $7.00
  • Senior (55+): $7.00
  • Winter Tours: $5.00
  • Children age 5 and under: FREE

To book your tours, contact the Visitor Center at 605-584-3110. The Visitor Center also offers educational field trips. Please call for more information.