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
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
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.