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Review of Crow Creek Mine

Crow Creek Mine
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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,
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“Local history”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

It was closed for the season, but we drove in, and it seemed like it would definitely be worth a visit.

Visited September 2012
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“Great experience for our 10 yr old granddaughter”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Drive a few miles up the hill along Crow Creek til you get here. It's been rebuilt to look like an old mining camp, and there are several functions there like weddings, charity events, etc. You pay $20 and he gives you a demo with a pan on how to find the gold, and a little vial of sand "guaranteed" to have a few gold flakes in it. He gives you a pan and a shovel, and points at a trail to the creek. Then you walk about a quarter mile to the creek, and start panning. There were a lot of people there when we got there, some were obviously pretty serious, most were just tourists like us. PS: We didn't find any gold, except for some from the vial of "starter kit" sand. It was clear though, that there is still "gold in them thar hills!"

Visited August 2012
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CrowCreekMine, Manager at Crow Creek Mine, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Im glad you enjoyed your visit!!! Just wanted you to know that we didn't "rebuild" these buildings to look historical, they are the originals and are historic... Thanks for the visit, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to alaska as well! Nate
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Brevard, North Carolina
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71 reviews
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“What a hike!!!”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

A lovely drive to trailhead and because there was an overnight snowfall---called termination snow in Alaska talk---young people hiked four miles up to snowboard down the other side (and then they had to return).

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Fun Place”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

What a fun place, daughter and husband panned for gold for 3/4 of a day and I spent the time taking pictures of the buildings and plants that the park is covered in. We stayed at the mine the night before for $10, then spent the day enjoying ourselves.
It has a 10 fee to enter and to pan you add 10 more.

Visited September 2012
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Woodward, Oklahoma
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun couple of hours.”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Very pretty area, and lots of options to take pictures among the historic items (ie buildings, equipment, etc). Everything has wildflowers growing around or in them. My daughters enjoyed panning for gold in the creek, and the workers were very helpful to insure everyone had fun and did it safely. Finished the day with dinner at the Double Muskey, and ride up the arial tram at the Alyeska Ski Resort.

Visited August 2012
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