Hope, Alaska
May to Sept

Gold Panning Tours
Summer Season (mid-May to mid-September)

Do you have gold fever? Located just South of Anchorage, Hope-Sunrise was one of Alaska’s first major hot spots for gold. In the 1890’s, Sunrise was considered one of the largest cities in Alaska. This area is not far from the very first discovery of gold in Alaska by the Russians in 1849. Alaska ATV Adventures has a private claim on the East Fork River near Hope. We would love to share this authentic mining adventure with you!

The gold mining experience allows you exclusive use of our gold mine claim. This activity has been designed to be suitable for visitors of all ages. The day begins with an amazing drive along one of the most scenic byways in America. The Turnagain Arm has stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. On your drive you’ll want to keep an eye out for Dall Sheep and Beluga Whales which are often sited on this beautiful drive south. There is even a chance to see bear and moose due to the wide expanse of meadows on both sides of the road as you round the Turnagain Arm just about 10 miles from where you’re mining experience begins! Your guide will give you their gold panning orientation, provide panning training and all the equipment needed for an exciting Alaska Gold Panning Adventure. Have no fear you will reap the rewards of your efforts, everyone will depart with Alaskan Gold!

DEPARTURE TIME By arrangement – There is a 4-person minimum guest requirement for this tour to operate
Snacks/Water Safety Gear
Panning Equipment Professional guide
Guide gratuity

Alaska ATV Adventures focuses on small groups, providing excellent wildlife viewing and unrivaled scenery accompanying a ride specifically tailored to the group.

5 star ratingSo much fun! My husband and I recently went on an ATV trip with Alaska ATV Adventures. We both LOVED it. From the moment we arrived, the guides Tim, Brad and Kayla Sue were so welcoming and full of information about the area. After a brief run down of... read more

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Group and Custom Enhancement Options

Pricing on options is based on group size and time of year. Please contact us for specifics.
  • Team Building
  • Backcountry Survival
  • Berry Picking
  • Alaska Scavenger Hunt
  • Six mile River Fishing (seasonal)
  • Survival Camp Competition
  • Geocaching

ATV Tour Add-on

The 3-hour ATV Adventure departs at 2:00PM and returns at 5:00PM. Should guests add this option to their gold panning adventure it is suggested that they stop at the Girdwood strip mall (Pizza, Bakery, Gas Station, Café) for lunch or pack a sack lunch for the day.

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This is a custom tour and does not operate on a regular schedule. Advance reservations are REQUIRED. You will be provided with directions to the trailhead with your booking confirmation. There is NO cellular or internet service at the trailhead location. If there are no reserved bookings there will no guide on-site. Because our tours operate in various locations we meet at each trailhead rather than our office address. Please DO NOT show up at our office address. We will be out on the trail!

Gold Mining Tours