KMTA’s Trail Towns Program recognizes and celebrates the amazing trail
network found within the National Heritage Area and the communities
which these trails pass through. Trail Towns communities support trail users
with services, promote the trails to its citizens, and embraces the trail as a
resource to be protected and celebrated.
Hiking along Crow Pass Trail. Source: Iditarod National Historic Trail, Jacob Torres
Source: NPS, Crow Pass
The 120+ mile route from Anchorage to Seward goes through awe-inspiring terrain ranging from coast to alpine, along the same routes traveled by people for thousands of years, and connects several communities. People of all abilities and interests enjoy existing trail segments year-round. The area is rich in history and culture: nearly the entire route is part of the IDITAROD NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. Much of it is already in place. Ranging from paved paths to primitive backcountry trail. Additional key investments and continuing partner ships will make the vision a reality by connecting the existing trail segments together.
Improving trails infrastructure is a smart way to invest in our state’s future. Easy access to trails enhances tourism opportunities, improves real estate values, builds communities, and provides numerous ways for Alaskan and visitors to enjoy a healthy way of life. By completing the Anchorage to Seward trail, every community along the route will enjoy the benefits of having a destination trail in their backyard.
What if we could convince visitors to stay for just “one more day”? IN 2017, visitors spent approximately $2.8 billion in Alaska, which comes around to $275 million/day. If even just half of visitors added “one more day” to their itineraries, their actions could contribute an extra $137 million in spending to Alaska’s economy.
Municipality of Anchorage
State of Alaska
USDA Forest Service
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance
Girdwood Trails Committee
Girdwood Brewing Co.
Trail Lake Lodge
Alaska Wildland Adventures
The Ice Cream Shop
Girdwood Picnic Club
The Bake Shop