El Dorado Gold Mine Tour

Gold Dredge 8

Fairbanks National Historic Monument Gold Dredge 8 - Princess Lodges

Before you board our train, enjoy a close up view of the TransAlaska pipeline and a presentation about the history and operation of the pipeline. Then you and your family hop aboard the hand-built replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad that delivered supplies to the gold mining camps scattered throughout the area in the early 1900s. As the train chugs out of the station, the conductor will play songs from days gone by and tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush.

The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8, a National Historical Monument, where you will see first hand how the dredge worked the gold fields. Once the train arrives at the camp, local miners will give a brief but informative course in mining, and then you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Nothing beats the thrill of grabbing a sack filled with pay dirt and getting your chance to strike it rich.

Finally, explore the dredge camp and visit the gift shop where you can have your gold weighed and find out the dollar value based on the current market price. Have your gold turned into a memorable keepsake while you enjoy complimentary coffee and fresh homemade cookies before boarding the train for the return back to the station.

Excursion Details Accommodations

Approximately 3 hours

Prices from:
$55 Adult
$40 Child

Easy activity level - Princess Lodges

Easy activity level

Wheelchairs accessible - Princess Lodges

Wheelchairs accessible

Snack provided - Princess Lodges

Snack provided

Fairbanks Excursions

An array of optional tours is available at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge during the summer season. To add an activity to your stay, please call 1-800-426-0500 for reservations or visit the Tour Desk at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

Reservation Policy

A credit card number is required in order to reserve an Alaska land excursion. Guests may cancel a land excursion reservation up to 48 hours prior to their first land excursion's departure date. At that time the credit card provided will be charged and no modifications may be made. Any excursion purchased while traveling through Alaska is final at time of sale. Please contact 1-800-426-0500 with any questions surrounding this policy.