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Borough Map 2

Find lodging, dining, activities, attractions and more in each region of the Mat-Su Valley. More Info

Online Availability Report

Check the upcoming availability of local accommodations. More Info

Video and Photo Tour

Take a look at Mat-Su Valley's Video and Photo Tour. More Info

Trail Maps

Did you know there are more than 2,000 miles of trails

in the Mat-Su Valley?

Hike, bike, ski, snowshoe or ATV and snowmobile on this vast recreational system!

Below is a list of some of the more popular trail systems groups by geographic location. Refer to the map below for the general location. You can also download a trail map and description by clicking on the trail name.

Trail Conditions

Learn about local trail conditions before venturing out and check on snow conditions. More Info

Borough Map

Glacier Country

(Palmer, Sutton, Chickaloon, Matanuska Glacier Area, Eureka)

Crevasse Moraine Trail System
Eska Creek Falls Trail
Lazy Mountain Trail
Lazy Mountain Winter Trails
Matanuska Greenbelt Trails
Matanuska Peak Trail
Matanuska River Park Trail System
Morgan Horse Trail
Palmer-Moose Creek RR Trail (1.5 MB)
Pioneer Ridge-Austin Helmers Trails (2 MB)
Plumley-Maud Trail
Reflections Lake Trail (Knik River access)
West Butte Trail
Sheep Mountain Ski Trails (2 MB) 

Matanuska Greenbelt

Lake Country

(Wasilla, Knik, Big Lake, Houston)

Alcantra Disc Golf Course
Alcantra Sports Complex & Trail System
Aurora Dog Mushers Trail System
Cottonwood Creek Trail
Crooked Lake & Iron Dog Winter Trails

Flathorn - Susitna Trail
Iditarod Historical Trail from Eklutna to Skwenta
Lake Lucille Park Trail System
Scout Ridge Loop
Big Lake (snowmobile)

Gold Rush Country

(Hatcher Pass)
The following trails are maintained by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Gold Mint Trail
Independence Mine State Historical Park
Reed Lakes (Upper and Lower)
Hatcher Pass (snowmobile)

Denali Country

(Willow, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Denali State Park, Denali National Park-South)

Amber Lake-Trapper Lake Trail System
Byers Lake - Denali State Park
Kesugi Ridge - Denali State Park
Montana Creek Dog Mushers Trail System
Nancy Lake Canoe Trail - Nancy Lake, Willow
Talkeetna Mail Trail & Central Trail System
Talkeetna Trails
Trapper Creek - Petersville Trail System (1.3 MB)
Caswell Area (snowmobile)
Petersville (snowmobile)
Susitna Valley (snowmobile)
Willow Area (snowmobile)

Off the Beaten Path

(Denali Highway, Lake Louise, Yentna)

Denali Highway Trail (snowmobile)
Lake Louise (snowmobile)
Lower Susitna-Yentna Area (snowmobile)

Social Media

Social Media

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Video Gallery

Video Gallery

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Helpful resources

Helpful resources

So you're planning a trip to Alaska and need some help getting started. You've come to the right place! More Info

Maps and more

Maps and more

Find Alaska Highway maps and mileage chart for distances between destination points within the Mat-Su… More Info

Great outdoors

Great outdoors

Discover more about boating, rafting, fishing, flightseeing and how to get into the backcountry of… More Info

Denali Flightseeing

Denali Flightseeing

Alaska's majestic scenery appears magnified from a Cessna window and the vantage point makes for good… More Info



You can see a glacier just about anywhere in Alaska. But in the Mat-Su Valley, you can actually get out… More Info

Alaska Rafting

Alaska Rafting

Uncover hidden jewels only accessible by boat. Hover in rapids through canyons, see glaciers calve fall… More Info

Dining in Mat-Su

Dining in Mat-Su

Fine dining to cafes and everything in between. Don't be surprised if your portions are Alaska-sized.… More Info

Video Photo Tour

Video Photo Tour

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Yahoo Mat-Su! Where Alaska comes to play

The Mat-Su Valley is your place for adventure. From flightseeing Mount McKinley to rafting the Matanuska River, excitement is right around every corner. Spectacular views abound, from mountains to glaciers to wildlife. Conveniently located 35 miles north of Anchorage, your Alaska experience begins when you get to the Mat-Su Valley. Spend a day exploring Hatcher Pass, test your luck fishing or take advantage of the bountiful hiking. The Mat-Su Valley - where Alaska comes to play!

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