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Independence Mine State Historical Park

Wasilla, AK
+1 907-745-3975
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Awesome Excursion

19 miles out of Palmer and into Hatcher Pass, is the Independence Mine. If you are into history... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Marco T
Interesting History of the Gold Rush

The ruins of the Independence Mine are in the state park and really off the beaten path. May want... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Wasilla, AK
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Reviewed 5 days ago

19 miles out of Palmer and into Hatcher Pass, is the Independence Mine. If you are into history, this is the place for you. There are trails for you to hike. There are also ranger tours if you are interested. I suggest making a half...More

Thank Marco T
Reviewed 6 days ago

The ruins of the Independence Mine are in the state park and really off the beaten path. May want to GPS this to get there. There are several buildings still standing, but the critical ones are falling down. Be sure to visit the assay office...More

Thank Like2wander
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read great reviews about this site- thought I must have been in the wrong place- but I was at the mine. The gate was closed , but the sign stated it was open on top. Long walk to the site from the closed gate. Nothing...More

Thank explorer1421
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting old mine with lots of information it's my understanding that you can book a trip into the mind a little pricey for us but it's a great piece of Alaska history beautiful view and there's a great place to have lunch coffee or just...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing attraction. Even if they closed you can walk up to the mine. It's totally worth the hike and the drive!

Thank robert p
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Bring binoculars, you will need them! Up on the hillside you can see the remains of old minesites. It will amaze you how could anyone have built them way up there, especially in cold Alaska!! Always THE place to see in the Matanuska Valley, every...More

1  Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You can take a walk or if you prefer, a hike back into hard rock gold mining history with your trip to Independence Mine. Several buildings have been restored to give an idea of the mining that took place almost 100 years ago. The spectacular...More

Thank Rick J
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

This place has some of the coolest relics from a now bygone era. There's plenty to see here. We took the kids when they came to visit last summer. You can read books about mining and the gold rush but here you can see so...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017

As an historical place, it's just great to visit - summer or winter (on skiis or snowshoe). But if you want a unique treat, try visiting in summer when the clouds are low and surround the buildings. We have gone in the evening when it...More

Thank Timmie2015
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Long walk up in the snow but great display of history. Pubic toilets there were terrible. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.

1  Thank Clint B
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Hi, Is this place open 7 days a week? I saw something online that it was Wednesday-Sunday only? Thanks
3 June 2017|
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!
margie s
Is the mine open all year round? The website says Hatcher Pass Road is closed until mid June and we are going June 1. How do I get a schedule of the ranger tour?
29 March 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
How far from Wasilla - Best Western Inn? Can you drive a regular vehicle to it?
3 August 2016|
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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.