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Independence Mine State Historical Park

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The historical site is OK, but the road is amazing, Not to be missed

We were told that the road is worth our time, and it was the right decision. It starts along... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Beijing, China
Long walk

It is a long walk if the gate is closed but it is so neat to see everything and walk around. There... read more

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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
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23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, AK 99645
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were told that the road is worth our time, and it was the right decision. It starts along farming area, then goes into this beautiful canyon with the river and ends high up in the mountains. You are all surrounded with snow and low...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 70ava
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a long walk if the gate is closed but it is so neat to see everything and walk around. There are multiple different hiking trails here. Amazing views as well.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 419julik
Reviewed 1 week ago

The road meanders thru the mountain scenery and every turn is more gorgeous than the last. The actual area of the mine was closed when we were there and the road leading up there was too much of a walk. Many people tho had gone...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Glen_and_Lisa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road to the mine is not open - check the mine website for when it will open. It took me 25 min to walk up and another 20 min to walk back down. Mine visitor center was open and it is worth the walk...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank James W
Reviewed March 12, 2019

Fun afternoon skiing up to check out the mine. Beautiful view from high atop Hatcher Pass! Plenty of snow for some good skiing or snowshoeing.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Barbinalaska
Reviewed March 5, 2019

This is an interesting abandoned gold mine in beautiful Hatcher's Pass. The drive going to Independence Mine is breathtaking as you are surrounded by Alaska in all her glory. Despite the mine being abandoned, its maintained by the state as a historical site. They have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

We live so close, but forget to take our guests here every year! This past July, took my cousin’s here from Upstate NY! The LOVED it! Out of all the places we took them in 2 weeks, my cousin, Marks said this was his favorite...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank WendyRosko
Reviewed September 24, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank seescokid
Reviewed September 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sad7288
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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June 3, 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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March 29, 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
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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.