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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Denali Overlook - Courtesy of Thomas Bol Photography

Mat-Su Region

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Facilities

★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ 761 Acres
★ Daily Parking Fee (see fee page)
★ Toilets -
★ Water
★ Picnic Sites
★ Trails -
★ Historical Sites -

Useful Information

Hatcher Pass Brochure
Hatcher Pass Winter Brochure

Activities

★ Day Use
★ Trails
★ Historical Features

Gold Mint Trailhead is located in the Hatcher Pass Independence Mine State Historical Park, learn what is was like to live and work in one of Alaska's largest gold mining camps. Pan for gold. It is allowed in the park with a pan and shovel only. Visit the assay office to view displays explaining assaying, retorting and other mining techniques.

Park pedestrian visitors can access Independence Mine after hours from the Independence Bowl parking area. The visitor center is closed during the winter beginning Labor Day.

Address:
Mile 17.3 Hatchers Pass Road

Driving Directions:
Glenn Highway Milepost 49.5, north on Palmer-Fishhook Road to Hatcher Pass (also called Hatcher Pass Road in the Hatcher Pass Management Area) 13.7 miles on the right; or George Parks Highway Milepost 36.1, north on Trunk Road to Palmer-Fishhook Road, turn left (north) to Hatcher Pass (also called Hatcher Pass Road in the Hatcher Pass Management Area) 13.7 miles on the right.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907