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We offer a great Alaskan setting for group retreats, family reunions, weddings and corporate gatherings. Let us help you plan your next event!

Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures features a beautiful log pavilion for your private party, and approximately 700 square feet of area under cover for seating, eating, dancing entertainment, and is situated in a scenic, serene setting with a beautiful mountain view of Langille Mountain, and overlooks the horse teepee. Quite often, you are able to view sheep and black bear on Langille Mountain.

Amenities include a large fire pit for a roaring fire, horseshoe pit and volley ball/badminton net. For cooking, we provide a gas grill or a huge barbecue for roasting a pig, a lot of steaks, or use grates to cook over the fire pit. Our awesome sauna can be fired for the perfect end to your fun-filled day.

Your group may take advantage of our horseback activities, custom carriage rides, kayak/raft rentals, gold panning and guided fishing and rafting trips down the Kenai River. We are happy to tailor the trips to fit your needs.

Private parties may enjoy catered meals; from hot dogs over the fire, to steaks and grilled fish, or a giant pig roast. Accommodations can be arranged including tent camping, cabin rentals, custom carriage rides, trail rides and scenic Kenai River raft trips or guided fishing trips. Gold panning is always available.

Your gold panning experience reflects the ways of the early pioneers in Alaska.

Our desire is to make this a very realistic panning operation, yet give you the comfort of a covered pavilion to work the dirt. We think you will have a very memorable mining experience and hopefully take home some gold!

First run the “pay dirt” through your own personal sluice box, this will take you about a half hour. You’ll have a bucket of dirt to work through the sluice box.
This is quite an interesting process and it’s fun to examine the rocks (keep the ones you like) and watch for gold. When finished, the ripples are removed from the sluice box and we clean the remains (black sand) into a gold pan. Then you sit comfortably in front of a tub of water and pan it out.

Our pay dirt comes locally from the Lillian L. Gold Mine on Quartz Creek. George and Lil Zimmer have worked their mine since 1958. As they shovel dirt into their huge sluice box, they shovel it into buckets for your use. We never know what to expect for gold, sometimes it is, “WOW! Look what we got”. And then there are other times, that aren’t so wow.

We do not “salt” the dirt; you enjoy the same odds as the miner. The gold in this country is normally pretty fine. However, at times we get small flakes and nuggets. There is almost always “color” in your pan. We are happy to show you proper panning procedures so your gold won’t slip out.

Experience gold panning yourself for only $25.



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Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures & Cabins
35090 Quartz Creek Road     Cooper Landing, Alaska  99572
1/10 Mile Quartz Creek Road at mile 45 Sterling Highway

Phone: 907-595-1806 | Email:

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