Outdoor Things To Do In Palmer, AK

Posted by Leland On May - 8 - 2017

Known as the center of Alaska’s agriculture industry, Palmer is a great spot to vacation if you’re looking to visit The Last Frontier. This small town is perfect for a quiet vacation with plenty of things to do. While hiking may be the number one outdoor activity in Alaska, there’s even more to experience. Here are some outdoor things to do in Palmer, AK during your next visit.

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass weaves through the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains. The pass is easy to get to from Palmer and is a can’t miss for its stunning views. It’s a great place for photography, hiking, biking, and skiing in the winter. Within Hatcher Pass, you can visit the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The state park contains buildings from the once mining community. You can learn about the gold mine industry in Alaska in the 1930s and take a tour of the rugged terrain.

Musk Ox Farm

This non-profit farm is dedicated to domesticating the Musk Ox or “Oomingmak” (the bearded one).  These amazing creatures date back to Ice Age times and produce qiviut wool annually, some of the best wool you can get. The tour guides and caretakers truly care about these animals and introduce you to them through guided tours on the farm. You can visit the farm every day during the summer and a donation is encouraged for admission.

Matanuska Glacier

You can take a scenic drive through Matanuska Glacier and stop to explore trails and take photos of Alaska’s largest glacier reachable by vehicle. Some stops along the way include Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site where you can walk along a nature trail or the Glacier Park where you can trek out onto the ice.

Adventure Tours

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours are the thrilling way to see Palmer. Their tours are via ATV in the summer and snowmobile in the winter. Explore popular Palmer destinations like Knik Glacier or a multi-day trip to Eureka. If you get to visit during the winter, check out the snowmobile tour on the Iditarod Trail. In their introductory course, you’ll get to ride through Alaska’s backcountry and stop along the way for glacier views and other chances to see the stunning scenery of Alaska.

Reindeer Farm

Palmer’s Reindeer Farm is an adorable way to get outdoors in the small town. Open every day during the summer months, the farm features tours where you can feed and pet the reindeer, bison, elk, and rabbits on the farm. If you’re visiting around Christmas, the reindeer pull guests on sleigh rides around the farm. The farm also offers horseback trail rides up to Bodenburg Butte where you’ll see stunning views of Knik Glacier, Pioneer Peak, and Alaskan wildlife.

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