The Matanuska Valley provides visitors with an abundance of activities to do and beautiful places you won’t want to miss. With rivers, lakes, and hiking opportunities too numerous to count, and the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by car you are set for the time of your life with endless days of recreation and fun! The “Valley” offers more peace and quiet, with less of the hustle and crowds of other tourist destinations in Alaska. Enjoy the local glaciers of the Matanuska and Knik Rivers, conquer the numerous hiking trails and mountains, and fish or just enjoy the local rivers and lakes.
The Matanuska Valley is superb! All of this easily accessible from your own fully self-contained, private, and peaceful cabin at Hatcher Pass Bed & Breakfast.
Just Out Our Back Door
Independence Mine, an historic gold mine that is now a State Park, and only 12 miles from Hatcher Pass B&B will provide hours of outdoor activities. From gold panning. touring the old buildings of the gold mine town, or walking the numerous trails in the park – Independence Mine and the surrounding areas are a must see. Also in the Hatcher Pass area are numerous hiking trails with a varying difficulties for you to get out and explore the nature of Alaska. The stunning geologic forms of the area never cease to amaze folks. In late summer, blueberry picking is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. During the summer months, Hatcher Pass puts on a beautiful wildflower display from wild roses and lupines to chocolate lilies and wild geraniums – there are too many beautiful flowering plants and shrubs in the Pass to name them all. This area is a photographer’s playground! In the winter enjoy snowmachining, cross and back-country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. In any season relax and enjoy the incredible sights of the Talkeetna Mountains.
Visit the recently completed Government Peak Recreation Area at Hatcher Pass.
Nearby in Palmer:
Enjoy the Musk Ox Farm, Reindeer Farm, Valley vegetable farms, numerous hiking and biking trails, Knik Glacier, sightseeing flights, Colony House, Palmer Visitor’s Center and Museum, and the Alaska State Fair in the fall.
Next door in Wasilla:
The Iditarod Headquarters, Alaska Transportation Museum, Alaska Railroad Depot, and Dorothy Page Museum. Further up the Parks Highway, canoe and fish the vast array of lakes and lake systems of Big Lake and the Nancy Lakes areas, and fish for the different species of salmon that run up numerous rivers that cross the Parks Highway.
Visit the quaint town of Talkeetna, and weather permitting enjoy beautiful sights of Mt. McKinley – even take a flight seeing trip around the “Great One”.
Other Outdoor Activities
- Horseback Riding
- Water Sports
- Guided Tours
- Bird and Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic and Historic Tours