Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

160 W. Main St.
Lead, SD 57754- Map It
Phone: (605) 584-3110

AAA Editor Notes

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is at 160 W. Main St. The Homestake Mine is one of the oldest and largest underground gold mines in the Western Hemisphere, reaching 8,000 feet below the surface. Historic area photographs, videos and science- and mining-themed artifacts are on display. A 3-D model of the cave is a highlight. The 1,000-foot-deep open cut mine can been viewed from an observation deck. Summer tours include a visit to the open cut mine, shop yards, hoist area and wastewater treatment center. Limited tours are offered in winter. Guided tours are available.
Visitor center free. Guided tour $8; $7 (ages 55+); $6.50 (ages 7-21); $25 (family). Winter tours $5.
Hours: Visitor center open daily 8-6, mid-May to mid-Sept.; 9-5, rest of year. Closed winter holidays. Guided tours are offered at 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30 and 4, May 1-first snow. Tour schedule varies rest of year; phone for schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.