Independence Mine State Historical Park

Quick Facts

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Alaska

(907) 745-3975

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Things To Do

Overview

Gold was the magnet that drew thousands of adventurers to the last frontier...but even before a quarter-of-a-million gold seekers began their stampede into those famous areas, gold was discovered just southeast of Anchorage in 1886 right in Independence Mine State Historical Park.

Map of Independence Mine (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 61.783026, -149.281197

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are trails throughout the park, some accessible.

  • Historic Sites

    What is now called Independence Mine was once two mines: The Alaska Free Gold (Martin) Mine on Skyscraper Mountain, and Independence Mine on Granite Mountain. In 1938 the two were bought together under one company, the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company (APC).

    Begin your tour of the Independence Mine State Historical Park at the Mine Mangers's House, which houses the Visitor Center and museum. Inside you'll see displays about mining, natural history and the Independence Mine story. Or take a self-guided interpretive tour through the mine camp. Pan for gold and find your own treasure!

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic sites in the park.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter recreation opportunities include sledding, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. The park is open year-round to the public, however, the Visitor Center is closed during the winter months.

Seasonality/Weather

Road conditions to Independence Mine State Historical Park are subject to weather. Check conditions before attempting the drive between September 15 and May 30. The use of snow machines and off-road vehicles is prohibited within the park. The park is closed during the winter.

Directions

Driving

Hatcher Pass Lodge, mile 17, Hatcher Pass Road Mother Lode Lodge, mile 14, Hatcher Pass Road

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 745-3975

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