Crow Creek Mine
Explore the Crow Creek Mine on your own or join a guided tour. With a tour, you’ll learn the basics of gold panning and get to try your luck at prospecting. Best of all, you can then keep whatever gold you find. You can also explore the perfectly preserved townsite, check out the old mining artifacts and prospecting tools, or hike to Crow Pass—part of the Historic Iditarod Trail. Visitors often combine a visit to Crow Creek Mine with a guided canyoneering adventure in Crow Creek or a glacier tour.
Things to know before you go
- A must-visit for gold rush enthusiasts and history buffs.
- Tent camping and RV parking are available at the mine.
- Rocky paths on the gold panning tours are difficult to navigate with wheelchairs or strollers.
How to get there
To get to the Crow Creek Mine from Anchorage, head south 35 miles (56 kilometers) on the Seward Highway to Girdwood. The mine is located along Crow Creek Road, just off of Girdwood’s main drag. There’s also a free shuttle from downtown Girdwood and the Alyeska Hotel.
When to get there
Crow Creek Mine is typically open from May through September. Hours vary depending on the time of year. Look out for the Salmon Bake events—usually in June through August, where you can enjoy live acoustic music and a feast of cedar plank salmon and other Alaskan favorites. This event is popular and sells out, so it's recommended to get your tickets in advance.
Hiking the Crow Pass Trail
Considered one of the most scenic trails in the Chugach Mountain Range, the Crow Pass Trail sets out near the Crow Creek Mine and follows the Historic Iditarod Trail, which runs from Seward to Nome. This challenging 23-mile (37-kilometer) hike from Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center passes by glaciers, waterfalls, mine ruins, and more.