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“Neat little settlement”
Review of Crow Creek Mine

Crow Creek Mine
Ranked #8 of 33 things to do in Girdwood
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Owner description: Crow Creek Mine is a family owned and operated Historical and Recreational Gold Mine. Nestled in a very beautiful mountain setting, Crow Creek Mine offers the oldest buildings in the Anchorage area, 1898, as well as some of the most popular recreational Gold Mining in all of Alaska. You will find everyone from your first time miner just hoping for a few flecks, up to actual gold miners who have been working these grounds on a very serious level. For those not intersted in the panning or sluicing experience, the property is very scenic for pictures and is a very popular wedding destination, it is even fun to just sit and watch some of the more experienced crews of miners as they work. While most visitors coming in for sightseeing or panning don't need reservations, we do offer private guided tours for those of you wanting a bit more out of your experience. Not only do you learn more about the property and gold in general, but the gold mining experience of our staff and knowledge of the property is always a big help in having a succesful outing!!! Feel free to contact us for any questions regarding our business or the Girdwood area in general. Girdwood makes for great day trips from anchorage and is on the way for anyone headed to Portage, Seward, Kenai, or Homer. Our road is a bit bumpy and unmaintained between October and May, but come June 1st every year the state does a great job of fixing it, you can always contact us for road conditions if concerned. Thanks for viewing our business, we look forward to meeting you soon,
Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews
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“Neat little settlement”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

After a 3.5 (ish) travel up the gravel road we reached the Mine which itself is neat. There are multiple little cabins and buildings around the property from the Goldrush. It was raining pretty good when we went so we were the only other people there besides a wedding that was going on in a tent. It is $20 a person to pan which seems steep but really it's worth it. We did not find gold in the creek but at the beginning they give you a demonstration and practice dirt to teach technique. The practice dirt had small fakes of gold in it which is neat for the kids to actually take something home. They help you learn technique and put your gold flakes in a vial to keep up at the camp then it's a short gravel trail down to the creek to do your own thing. Even though there was a wedding going on the staff was still awesome and spent a lot of time with us and helped the kids even though they were busy. There were very pretty flower beds everywhere and even a stream which had chilled soda for purchase right in the stream. Overall it was pretty cool and the kids loved it.

Visited May 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Step back in history”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

It is located 3 miles up a good gravel road, this is a collection of old buildings on display. There is not much info there, just one small pamphlet. Not much is labeled so its kind of a "wander and enjoy the ambience" place. $10 entrance fee and $20 if you want to pan for gold in the creek. It is worth it if you a) want to pan for gold b) are into old buildings and c) into photography

Visited May 2014
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Virginia
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“Green heaven!”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We camped here overnight and went to the mine the next morning. Beautiful location, walks for those of all abilities. Wonderful!

Visited June 2013
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“A must see”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

I would recommend the Crow Creek Mine to anyone that is traveling in the area. First off the view on the way to the mine is amazing all the way to the property. When we got there we were greeted by the staff and given a demo on how to pan for gold. We headed down to the creek through the old mining town. We got to the creek and did some panning. I even found some gold out of the river. There was a staff member at the creek that was friendly and would give you tips on where to look for gold. The mining town it's self is full of old relics that were brought there and is fascinating to look at and the owner was very nice to talk to. He had some good suggestions on other places to stop and see. I would highly recommend Crow Creek Mine to anyone stop there and have a blast.

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Petaluma, California
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“Nice hike from Alyeska”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is a nice hike from Alyeska along a beautiful trail. The best parts are the hand tram across one river and a spectacular series of waterfalls on the other smaller river. Beautiful, clear water!

Visited August 2013
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