Things to do
This is one of the best places in Alaska to experience a glacier up close.

  • Hiking: You are welcome to hike the glacier trails on your own. Trails are located within the park area offering a variety of skill and fitness levels. Guided glacier hiking is also available.
  • Camping: Spend a few days exploring the park. Camping areas available near and within park.
  • Ice Climbing: Guided ice climbing is available as well as basic ice climbing instructions. Matanuska glacier is an excellent glacier to learn the basics of ice climbing. We do recommend you be in fairly good shape for this adventure.

  • Fields of fireweed bloom along the glaciers edge

    Photograph: The drive to Matanuska Glacier is an adventure in itself. The Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway follows a path carved by ancient glaciers. Following the braided Matanuska River for over half its length, this Byway winds through 135 miles of the most impressive terrain on earth. Winters present you with a splendid sky show when the Northern Lights dance among the snow-capped mountains, while summers bring you endless days to roam in fields of wildflowers and ancient forests.

What to bring:
Lot’s of film or memory cards for the digital shutter bugs. Hiking boots, a day pack, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, jacket and rain gear. Hat (for wind). Even in the long summer months the weather is unpredictable and changes quickly. Be prepared for any kind of weather.