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Gold Rush Days

Travel back to the 1850s for the California Gold Rush!

Relive a day in the Ol' West. As you step back in time, your students will become prospectors in an 1850's mining camp and meet some interesting characters.

Be part of the Ol' West as students step back in time to experience life in the 1850s gold fields!  Students will stake a claim, pan for gold, stay in a miner boomtown, and have the opportunity to STRIKE IT RICH or LOSE IT ALL!  This course is perfect for 4th grade classes studying California History.

  • Stay in a Miner Shack or Covered Wagon
  • Hear stories around the Campfire
  • Pan for Gold
  • Stake a Claim
  • Strike it rich
  • Experience History
  • Take on a historical role

This course is designed for 4th grade classes studying California Gold Rush, meeting CA State Standard 4.3 and 4.4.

Both an overnight program and a full day program make Gold Rush Days flexible enough to fit your schedule:

Overnight Program Cost:

One-Day Program Cost:

$60 Per Student

$45 Per Student

$60 Per Adult

$45 Per Adult

Click for available Gold Rush Dates

To register, please fill out a Reservation Request Form


Arrival Days: Tuesday - Thursday 

*Please note: The Overnight Program only begins Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Also, the One-Day option can only be booked for Tuesday through Thursday dates.

**A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your reservation and will be applied to the total fees due.

Minimum: 30 Students (or combine with another group)

Maximum: 160 Students


Sample Schedule (subject to change):

Overnight Program

One-Day Program

Day 1:

3:00: Arrival
4:00: Orientation: "Welcome to the 1850s"
5:00: Supper
6:15: Staking Claims
6:45: Free-time

8:00: Campfire: Songs & History of the Gold Rush
9:30: Lights Out

Day 2:

7:00: Rise & Shine! (Wash Up/Pack Up)
8:30: Morning Meal
9:15: Gold Mining
10:30: Archery

11:00: Free-time/Trading Post

12:30: Mid-day Meal
1:00: Closing Ceremony
1:30: Departure

9:00: Arrival
10:00: Orientation
11:30: Staking Claims
12:30: Mid-day Meal
1:30: Gold Mining
2:45: Archery
3:30: Free-time/Trading Post
5:30: Supper
6:15: Campfire: Songs & History of the Gold Rush
7:00: Departure




Free-time Activities Include:

Farmyard, Trading Post, Obstacle Course, Giant Playground, Sports Equipment, Sling Shots, Archery.


Other Information for Teachers/Group Leaders:  

General Information Flyer

What to Bring List

Sleeping Assignent Form

Camp Map




Call Indian Hills Camp To Register - 619-669-6498

15763 Lyons Valley Road Jamul, CA 91935

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