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Independence Mine State Historical Park

Closed Now: 11:00 - 18:00
Open today: 11:00 - 18:00
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Nice creek up the mountain

We drove the proximally 20 miles up from Palmer on a cloudy day and the scenery of the river was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Historical mine site, early 1900's to WW2

This is a nicely restored mining camp, although the mine itself is not restored. There's a paved... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boulder, CO
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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
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23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, AK 99645
+1 907-745-2827
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the proximally 20 miles up from Palmer on a cloudy day and the scenery of the river was worth it even though you could not see the tops of the mountains when you arrive at Hatcher Pass you have to walk around the...More

Thank seescokid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nicely restored mining camp, although the mine itself is not restored. There's a paved level walking path that provides mostly external views of bunkhouses, cookhouse, and assay office. There are interpretative signs, as well as a small visitor center. There's also hiking...More

Thank Sad7288
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we were there, the park had already closed its closest parking lot to the mine because of the end of the season. The road up to Hatcher Pass is paved, but you have to walk part of the way to the mine, once the...More

Thank Curious744921
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed going through this place, walking as far as we could go! I got tired but it was a good tired! I learned a lot by going through the buildings that were open, the place was maintained and the walkways were open.

Thank SmilingSandy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting abandoned gold mine nestled in beautiful Hatcher's Pass. The drive going into Independence Mine is breathtaking as you are surrounded by Alaska in all her glory. It's especially beautiful if you go mid to late September when all the flora...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice place to spent some time and to walk through this historical site. We only spent 1 hour in the evening but felt we needed more to explore the site in depth.

Thank Wout V
Reviewed 11 September 2018

I didn't really know what to expect when we arrived at the town. There's a visitor's center inside the Mine Manager's house but it's not open as long as the park so if you want to go inside, make sure to check the hours -...More

Thank Laurie L
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This was a nice place to enjoy the scenery and take a long walk to explore the old gold mining area. The historic structures are labeled with interesting facts, and the river is there to pan for gold if you bring along your pans.

1  Thank Stephanie P
Reviewed 2 September 2018

This place is really neat. Beautiful location. we parked below and walked up to avoid the parking charge. It is a good walk uphill, so only if you are good with that. Lot's of old crumbling buildings and mining equipment. Good info on the history...More

Thank Bill O
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Very interesting place to visit. Lots to read that is incredibly informative about the mine, the people, their way of life and history of the time period the mine operated. A lot of walking but enjoyable.

Thank Dominic V
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3 June 2017|
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Response from Wasilla_Alaska_2013 | Reviewed this property |
During the summer they are open 9-7 daily. I highly recommend the trip. The views are phenomenal!
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29 March 2017|
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Response from GaleAKDreaming | Reviewed this property |
The first ten miles is open year round but over the top and down the (rough) road back to parks opens when the snow is off the road. In June the pavement is smooth and beautiful. You can call AK Parks at (907)745-2527 to... More
2 August 2016|
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Response from Frank_from_Georgia | Reviewed this property |
Roughly 25-30 miles. Good paved roads all the way. Beautiful views along the way. If needed, when you get to parking area, follow signs to handicapped unloading area. Eliminates a little uphill walking.