Welcome to the Matanuska Glacier

Glacier - Ice Water
Ice Water

Cravasse
Crevasse

Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier

Iceberg
Iceberg

Glacier View from Highway
Glacier View in Fall

Mile Markers:

Mile 101
Matanuska Glacier StateRecreation Site

Mile 102
Glacier Park
Mile 102.5
MICA Guides
Mile 109.5
Tundra Rose Guest Cottages
Mile 109.7
Grand View Cafe & Campground

 

 

 

 

 

The Matanuska Glacier is without a doubt the largest and most spectacular sight between the cities of Palmer and Glennallen, and was chosen by Alaska Magazine as #2 of “49 PLACES TO GO IN THE 49th STATE”.  It originates from within the Chugach mountain range of South Central Alaska and is visible from the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway in Glacier View, Alaska.

Matanuska GlacierThe Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier in Alaska that can be reached by vehicle.  It is approximately 26 miles long and 4 miles wide at its terminus. It is classified as a valley glacier; a body of solid ice that flows like a river under its own weight through an existing valley. About 10,000 years ago it began its retreat to its present day location, and it has not seen any significant change in mass for almost two decades. Because the Matanuska Glacier is a weather hole, cold air from the glacier forces warm air upward towards the mountain peaks. This results in sunny skies and more favorable weather than its surrounding areas, making this a perfect destination for the Alaskan traveler.

Only two hours north east of Anchorage by way of the Glenn Highway, the Matanuska Glacier can be seen for miles before reaching some of its ideal viewing locations. Be patient and watch for large waysides. These locations provide a safe place to take advantage of its magnificent views.

At milepost marker 101, you will find the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area that encompasses approximately 229 acres. There is not direct access to the glacier from this recreational area, however; this is a popular location to stop and take advantage of the easy walking trail that parallels the glacier and the Matanuska River. A pavilion provides shelter and a resting spot for those who wish to simply sit and enjoy the view.

Travelers wanting to experience the ice up-close should visit Matanuska Glacier Park at milepost marker 102.  This privately owned park is the glaciers only access point.  An entrance fee is collected at the office which then allows travelers to drive up to and park next to the glacier. Those seeking adventure can continue on foot onto the ice in about fifteen minutes. They then can explore the glacier on their own or choose to take advantage of one of the several local guide companies who have appropriate gear to get to some of the glacier’s most spectacular sites.

The communities of Glacier View and Sheep Mountain are one of Alaska's most magnificent and breathtaking areas.  Include this destination in your future travel plans and come enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and the wonderful amenities this area has to offer. 

Glacier View Communities
Guides and Local Aventure Companies

 

 


After an exciting day of exploring the glacier, we suggest traveling a mere 10 minutes northeast on the Glenn Highway to the base of Sheep Mountain Dall Sheep Reserve. 

At milepost marker 109 you will find dining, lodging and a full service RV Park.

Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

Stay at a private log cottage overlooking the glacier!

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For almost 20 years, the Tundra Rose Guest Cottages have entertained guests from around the world.  Cottages have spectacular glacier and mountain views, private decks, kitchenette with complimentary coffee/tea, I-Pod dock, satellite TV, and a gas fireplace.  It’s the Tundra Rose Cottages attention to detail that keeps guests coming back year after year.  It is recommended that you reserve online well in advance to guarantee a cottage.

Grand View Cafe

Grand View Café is a popular local dining establishment known for their home-style meals, friendly staff, and cleanliness.

The log dining area is warm and welcoming, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with espresso, beer, wine, and brick oven pizza.  The Grand View Cafe is open daily during the summer from Memorial Day through mid-September. 

Grand View RV Park

There is only one full service RV Park in the area; Grand View RV Park. 50 Amp electric, sewer, FREE wireless internet, satellite TV, great spring water, and mobile phone reception are available. Showers & Laundry. Walking trail to Matanuska glacier overlooks, as well as Dall sheep viewing.

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