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Pinochle Trail Campground

9 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Sutton Alpine, AK
Flat, gravel spaces at Pinochle Trailhead in Glacier View, Alaska. Great hiking, biking, ATV or snow machine on historic trail. Tents, trucks, cars, campers, RVs, dogsleds .... whatever you can fit is welcome. 8 spaces with tables and fire rings. There is also an "Open Camping Area" in back that larger groups may like. Although a number may be assigned at booking, just pick the best available camp space that works for you on arrivial. You'll need to bring your own water and keep a clean camp. Pinochle Trail goes north into the backcountry for around 12 miles and joins other trails. Pinochle trail is a section of the ancient Knik - Nelchina Trail used by natives, trappers, miners and hunters for eons. It traverses the natural route from the Matanuska Valley up and over the mountain range into Copper River country. Hicks was one of the early guides who had a cabin at Hicks Creek and served with U.S. Army Lieutenant Joseph Castner to brushwack a trail northwest for Captain Glenn in 1898. Described in his journal as at "Tale of Hardship and Suffering" they ended up eating their mules and shoes before reaching their goal far to the north. Today we use these trails with relative ease compared to the old timers but the scenery and mud holes remind us of what they went through.
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Ninety Niner RV camp

1 site · RV, Tent25 acres · Sutton, AK
Surrounded by Mountain View’s Ride the zip line Eat some mouth watering Brisket Hand dipped hard ice cream Try the Moose Tracks Or Caribou Caramel This is the place of the 4th of July Car Launch. Google it if not aware of it yet in your adventurous life Hand made pizza is available How about a Brisket Taco
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Glacier View

1 site · RV, Tent4 acres · Glacier View, AK
Glacier View is a stunning natural wonder located in Alaska, offering visitors a breathtaking glimpse into the raw beauty of the state's wilderness. This remarkable destination is situated in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, just a few hours' drive from Anchorage, making it easily accessible for those seeking an unforgettable adventure. The centerpiece of Glacier View is the Matanuska Glacier, one of Alaska's most accessible glaciers, spanning over 27 miles in length. It's a mesmerizing sight to behold, with its brilliant blue ice contrasting against the surrounding mountains. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the glacier's unique features through various guided tours and activities, including ice climbing, hiking, and even ice cave exploration. For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, the breathtaking vistas from the Matanuska Glacier's observation deck are a must-see. From this vantage point, you can take in the panoramic views of the glacier and surrounding landscapes, providing countless photo opportunities. The sheer scale of the glacier, surrounded by towering peaks, is awe-inspiring and captures the essence of Alaska's untamed wilderness. Glacier View is not just about the glacier itself; it's also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, moose, and bears. The area's diverse ecosystem offers nature enthusiasts an opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Visiting Glacier View is an immersive experience that allows you to connect with the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Whether you're an adventure seeker looking to conquer the ice or someone who simply wants to appreciate the beauty from a distance, Glacier View promises an unforgettable journey. In summary, Glacier View encapsulates the true essence of Alaska's wild beauty. With its accessible glacier, outdoor activities, and magnificent vistas, it's a destination that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of all who visit. For those in search of a remarkable Alaskan adventure, Glacier View is a natural wonder that promises an experience like no other.
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North 40

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Sutton, AK
Camp right on the banks of the Matanuska river while staring at the magnificent King Mountain, Sentinel mountain, and Craig Mountain! Over 10 acres to pick a spot to pitch your tent or park your RV! The sites are first come fist serve. Kids will love playing in the shallow river streams and sandbars, rock hounding is great and dogs are welcome but please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after them. Come enjoy some peace and serenity at North 40!
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Stump Creek B&B

3 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Eureka Roadhouse, AK
The property at this location is very special to us because my grandfather homesteaded here in the 60s and it’s still in the family. This location was his and his wife’s main home of living where they made this homestead and rented cabins and had a little store to produce extra income to raise their family.
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Lulu's Glamping on the Knik River

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Palmer, AK
Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Located on the river's edge of the Knik River in Palmer, Alaska, our glamping tents offer a unique experience. Unplug, unwind and kickback in our Stout canvas style bell tents. Each tent is stylishly outfitted with a queen size bed, linens, rugs, stylish decor and other amenities. You also will have your own smokeless Solo Stove with seating for two outside your tent. Only 45 minutes north of Anchorage, our location boasts incredible views with access to all things outdoor! There are shared porta toilets with foot pump sinks with soap for hand washing on site. There is one on demand outdoor shower! We have an outdoor kitchen with a BBQ grill, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, salt, pepper and other items for guest use. Half of the property is an adult glamping experience. Half of the property allows children, as long as you understand that we are located right on the river and children should be supervised. Our property is the perfect basecamp with easy access to hiking for all abilities; Bodenburg Butte, Lazy Mountain, Pioneer Peek and Pioneer Falls. Located right on the Knik River we can help you plan a day of fishing, kayaking or riverboat touring. Other local activities include ATV rentals, glacier helicopter tours, exploring the town of Palmer, the Alaska State Fair, a trip to the Reindeer Farm, Independence Mine State Historical Park, the Musk Ox Farm, horseback riding, touring our breweries, enjoying the local golf course, sled dog tours and so much more! Although we love pets, in order to keep tents clean and odor fee, pets are not allowed without permission. No smoking 🚭 Check in 4pm Check out 11am We ask that shoes be removed before enter the tent.
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Sunderland Ranch Farm Stay

2 sites · LodgingPalmer, AK
Legacy family land! Learn more about this land:Pitch a tent here at the Sunderland Ranch.  We often have guests staying here or playing here for other events, but are happy to have you too!  This will be as quiet or as experiential as you would like. You can schedule a trail ride or farm tour with our staff/family, or get out and walk the trails or around the ranch and enjoy Alaska at its best. 
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Jim Creek Blank Land

30 sites · RVs13 acres · Palmer, AK
This is blank land in the Buette area of Palmer, Alaska. No signs except for the address sign. Make your own spot. No amenities. Please take your own trash out. Enjoy your stay for just $10 a night. Near Jim Creek. Great fishing. A lot of trails for 4X4s and riding ATVs. Come park your car, camper, RV etc and enjoy Alaskan life at Jim Creek Blank land.
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Alaskan Adventure Haven

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Knik River, AK
The Magic Bus, as the replica bus from "Into The Wild" movie. Located in the woods, with comfortable beds, linen and electricity. You can watch the wildlife straight from the windows! Located within 200 feet from comfortable full bathroom, and the other facilities of the area Come stay in our multi-cultural, and multi-language Glamping, located in the woods by the Glacier river, right at the access to all great attractions of the area.
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The best camping near Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site guide

Overview

About

Embark on an adventure at Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, where the thrill of glacier trekking, river rafting, and a host of winter sports await. Nestled at Mile 101 on the scenic Glenn Highway, this 229-acre wonderland offers a unique blend of natural beauty and outdoor excitement. Whether you're pitching a tent for a 14-day camping escape or just passing through for a day of exploration, the site's facilities ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.

Notable campgrounds

  • Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site Campground: Offering 12 campsites with fire pits and picnic tables amid stunning glacier views.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the campground's unique glacier-side location makes it a popular choice.
  • Check the official website for the most up-to-date reservation openings and availability.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better chances at snagging a campsite.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the site is fully booked, ensuring you don't miss out on the region's beauty.

When to go

The best time to visit Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site is during the summer months when the trails are clear and the glacier's majesty is fully accessible. Winter offers a snowy paradise for skiing and snowshoeing, but be prepared for road closures due to snow and ice conditions.

Know before you go

  • Check weather conditions before your trip, as the glacier area can experience sudden changes.
  • Glacier access is not available from the recreation site; plan accordingly for guided tours.
  • Facilities include ADA-compliant toilets and water, ensuring comfort for all visitors.
  • Day use fees apply; check the fee page or contact Long Rifle Lodge for current rates.
  • For cabin stays, reach out to Long Rifle Lodge directly at (907) 745-5151.

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