gOLD RUSH Canyoneering

Guaranteed gold panning along the banks of Crow Creek with guided tour plus admission to Crow Creek Gold Mine combined with Canyoneering.


Canyoneering and canyoning are often associated with technical descents — those that require abseils (rappels) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing…

Crow Creek’s ‘dry’ canyon was carved by ice ages then filled with gold that beckoned Alaska’s hydro-miners.  Explore the treasure left behind rappelling near thundering waterfalls while scrambling thru mossy canyons relatively dry in your long pants and boots with our technical gear and friendly guide.

Amazing scenery and tranquility surround the world’s most northern temperate rainforest on your canyoneering adventure.  Individual and group challenges highlight the intimate small group tours with private departures available. Cayoning upgrades include guaranteed gold panning at Crow Creek Gold Mine with a ribs and slaw BBQ creek side gold panning lunch option too.

Canyoneering adventures start at tour time with advance reservations meeting your shuttle at Girdwood Park & Ride at 1 Girdwood Place  or in the Hotel Alyeska front lobby in Girdwood, Alaska 99587.  Dress ready to scramble over rocks in long pants while getting familiar with local flora through trickling canyons.  Sturdy shoes are a must plus camera cases or tight fitting backpacks to store layers or windbreaker. Canyoning gear includes universal and size appropriate harnesses, ropes, belay devices, gloves and helmets plus of course your friendly guide.

Rappelling 50’ into the lush canyon starts the challenge of descending three mixed terrain and vertical wall pitches.  Hiking forests littered with mining relics brings you to the ultimate canyon with unique sites, smells and sounds including Crow Creeks thundering waterfall in a Jurassic-like mist filled area.

Ascending the ‘dry’ canyon, sculpted by years of tumbling glacial water requires a few crux moves in the one mile long natural obstacle course.  Challenges require climbing rocky terrain, traversing mossy canyon caves, gripping ropes, scaling ladders and balancing around rocks and boulders in steep terrain.  Chugach Mountain views in spruce and hemlock rainforests along the Iditarod National Historic Trail cap off your epic journey.

Advanced reservations with complete questionnaire are important to providing you the best experience possible.  Departures are limited via Forest Service rules so plan early and gather information like height, weight, age and Indiana Jones adventure status. Snake charming experience is not required with this canyon providing exploration suitable for active couples, families, small groups and individuals ready for adventure!

Meeting location:

Hotel Alyeska front lobby, 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, Alaska 99587

New Girdwood Park and Ride, 1 Girdwood Place, Girdwood, Alaska 99587

Participants sign a Release of Liability and Indemnity Waiver

$185 adults $175 children
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My family (kids aged 15, 10, and 9) loved canyoneering. One of the highlights of our trip for sure, in part because it was physically challenging and a little scary and everyone did great. The guides were super supportive and patient and we felt very well prepared and taken care of. The walk through the canyon was really stunning. Highly recommend.

– Neha B 

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AMAZING experience canyoneering…a trip highlight! The guides (Michael and Fritz) were awesome and I felt very safe in their hands. Highly recommend this!

– Cynthia J 

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