Pan for Gold

Become a prospector for a day and see who can strike gold. Girdwood got its name from a gold miner named James Girdwood who staked the first claim on Crow Creek in 1896. Two years later, that claim had turned into the most productive of all the Turnagain Arm gold strikes. Some of the original buildings and sluices at the working mine still stand for visitors to see but the real fun is learning to pan for gold and then taking those skill to the area creeks.

Those who want to try gold panning can go to Crow Creek Mine to learn everything they need to know. Gold panners will receive gold pans, buckets and even a glass vial to store the treasured gold they find. Take the Prospectors Tour or book a private excursion to learn even more about gold mining in the area and increase the chances of finding a gold nugget in the creeks and streams.

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Girdwood is home to events like Forest Fair and Spring Carnival that highlight the area’s arts, crafts and entertainment.


From leisurely strolls to multi-day hikes like Crow Creek Pass, there is a trail for every visitor in Girdwood.


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