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Skagway Musher's Camp and Gold Panning

Your musher's camp and gold panning adventure start with a narrated scenic transportation from your dock. Your entertaining tour guide will drive you through downtown Skagway and along nine miles of stunning coastline to our entertaining musher's camp located in Dyea. Gather in the "Musher Talk" area and listen to our mushers sharing fascinating information about the extreme Alaskan state sport, dog sledding. You are more than welcome to ask any additional questions you may have. Don't worry though, we'll make sure you have plenty of time to play with our adorable puppies as your affections help to socialize these future athletes, which is essential to their racing success.

Now it's time to take a chance to pan for real Alaskan gold! Once your guide shows you the art of gold panning, you can test your luck to see what you can find while learning about the history of the gold rush that took off from the area. After gold panning, you can take a short self-guided nature hike next to a beautiful waterfall and dense Alaskan forest or browse the gift shop and relax in our saloon with a deck overlooking the picturesque stream. All of this in a spectacular Alaskan setting! This is a tour full of Alaskan adventure, history, and awe-inspiring wilderness.

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Duration: 2.75 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Gold Panning lessons

Duration: 2.75 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 35 minutes - narrated transportation with scenic outlooks
  • 30 minutes - "Musher Talk" presentation
  • 20 minutes - puppy time, cuddle the puppies and visit with the "teenagers" in the play yard
  • 20 minutes - pan for gold
  • 20 minutes - explore giftshop, waterfall lookout
  • 35 minutes - return drive to the pier

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the end of the pier where your cruise ship is docked. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to walk 50 yards either on your own or with assistance. Must be able to raise knee 12 inches to accommodate (approximately 12 steps). Optional 300-yard hike over uneven terrain to waterfall overlook. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs or walkers. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing and waterproof clothing are recommended.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees. 

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements. 

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

What if my tour is canceled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket. 

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day.  

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

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Customer Reviews
Aug 2023 - Laurie G.

This was a really fun excursion. The puppies were TOOO cute! Our guide Sean was very informative and had great stories to tell us on our bus ride to and from.

Jul 2023 - James C.

The kids really enjoyed the experience and finding real gold!

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Duration: 2.75 hours

Number of Passengers *

Adult: $139.00

Child (2-12): $119.00

Lap child

Infant (Free under 2): $0.00

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