Parks Highway

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Anchorage to Wasilla

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Anchorage Wasilla Talkeetna Denali Park Fairbanks


Anchorage – Junction with Ingra Street. The first 35 miles of the Parks Highway is on the Glenn Highway before the two highways split near Wasilla.

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Boniface Parkway. Russian Jack Springs city campground is located south of the highway off Boniface Parkway. Not suitable for large units. Turn north for Elmendorf.


Muldoon Road. City bypass route to Seward Highway and the Anchorage International Airport. Exit for Alaska Native Heritage Center.


Northbound exit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Arctic Valley Road. Arctic Valley Ski Area is 7.5 miles on a steep road not recommended for large RV’s.


Southbound exit to Arctic Valley Road.


Eagle River Campground, take Hiland Road/Eagle River Loop Exit. Access via 1.4 mile side road. 57 camp sites, with picnic tables, fire pits, water, flush toilets and dump station. Overflow camping area of 10 sites. Fee area. Campground Host.
Recreation: Fishing, whitewater rafting. Short hiking trails.
Special Note: One-half of the campsites are available by reservation – call 907-694-7982 or online at


Bridge over Eagle River.


Exit to the twin communities of Chugiak-Eagle River. Since 1930, when the first homestead (300 acres) was hewn out of the wilderness, the area has grown into a sizeable community. A rodeo is staged here each summer, and winter sports activities include sled dog and snowmobile racing.


Exit for Old Glenn Highway and North Eagle River.


Fire Lake.


South Birchwood Loop Road. Exit to Chugiak-Eagle River and Fire Lake.


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North Birchwood Loop Road exits both sides of highway. East to Chugiak or the Old Glenn Highway south to Eagle River.


Bridge over Peters Creek.


South Peters Creek exits both sides of highway, visitor facilities.


North Peters Creek exits both sides of highway.


Mirror Lake. Picnic wayside for northbound traffic only. Swimming, boating.


Southbound exit for Mirror Lake Municipal Park.


Thunderbird Falls exit for northbound traffic only and access to Eklutna Road. Thunderbird Falls is about a 1 mile hike from the highway. The trail to the falls goes through private property down to a picnic area.


Eklutna River.


Overpass with exits on both sides of highway to Eklutna and Thunderbird Falls. Head east on Eklutna Road for 10 miles/16 km to Eklutna Lake Recreation Area in Chugach State Park. The campground has 50 camp sites, picnic shelters, toilets, water, and hiking trails. Fee area. Eklutna Lake is the largest lake in Chugach State Park with good fishing for Dolly Varden and rainbow. Short hike to Eklutna glacier at far end of canyon-watch for falling rock and debris near glacier, this is a dangerous area. Do not climb on the glacier without proper equipment, knowledge, and companions.

Eklutna Historical Park. Twenty-six miles from Anchorage, is the historical location of the Dena’ina Athabaskan people. Dating back to 1650, this site has tiny buildings called “Spirit Houses” atop the graves of many generations of deceased. The oldest building in the greater Anchorage area (dated back to 1830) is the St. Nicholas Church, located in this park. Admission fee. Eklutna Historical Park is open to the public daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is plenty of free parking and public facilities within the park for visitors. $5 for Adults, $2.50 for Seniors & Children (12-18), Children 11 and under are free.


Old Glenn Highway.


In the next mile, 3 bridges cross the Knik River.


Knik River Public Use Access. Reflections Lake trail with boardwalk over wetlands.


Bridge over Matanuska River.


Glenn Highway/Parks Highway Interchange, Trunk Road exit


Matanuska Lakes State Reacreation Area. 6 campsites, day parking, water, toilets, picnic shelter and canoe rental.


Seward Meridian Road, Meridian Center Mall and Walmart.


Cottonwood Creek Mall.


Junction of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.


Newcomb Wasilla Lake Park, a very nice picnic area on the shores of Wasilla Lake. George Parks Monument.


Junction with Knik-Goose Bay Road. Wasilla. Access to Hatcher Pass via Main Street, which becomes Wasilla Fishhook Road. Wasilla Fishhook Road also leads to the Iditarod Headquarters, 2 km from the Parks Highway. Turn left  when headed north.


Best Western Lake Lucille Inn


The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry