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Welcome to Palmer, the only place in Alaska where you can do your “Alaska Bucketlist” in one go.  With beautiful mountain vistas and riverine valleys, Palmer is known for its natural beauty and small town charm.  As a year-round adventureland, Palmer is one of the places you’ll come back to again and again.  From snowy peaks, to expansive valleys you’ll find just what you’re looking for in our little community.  What makes this place so incredibly unique is the endless community events, gatherings, and outdoor activities that will keep you and your family entertained during your stay.  Below you’ll find even more things to do and places to explore.

Palmer Historic District Tour

Experience the story of Palmer and the Matanuska Colony

We offers three different types of tours of Palmer’s Historic District. You can experience the story of Palmer and the Matanuska Colony by taking a guided tour given by a knowledgeable local, you can go at your own pace by taking a self-guided audio tour, or you can schedule a private tour. 


Nestled between two mountain ranges, Palmer provides some of the easiest access to the backcountry in Alaska. 

From winter back country skiing, to ATV adventures, from single track mountain biking to hiking, from world-class fishing to birding, Palmer truly is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast.  Whether are looking for alpine adventures or river rafting, you are bound to find the outdoor adventure to fit your skill and interest throughout the year. 

Palmer Insider’s Blog

Kyndle Camps: The Quest for Bearberry Bluff – July 19 and July 28, 2023

Adventure SummaryIn the Palmer Museum and Visitor Information Center we have printed tri-fold maps for each of the trails that are supposedly the most popular trails in the Valley. However, I was bewildered by the fact that we had a tri-fold map for the obscure,...

Kyndle Camps: Crevasse Moraine – July 5th, 2023

Adventure SummaryThe Crevasse-Moraine trails are a system of looping dirt trails through a heavily wooded part of the Mat-Su Valley. One shouldn’t expect any profound mountain views but these trails are ideal for trail runners, mountain bicyclists, and anyone looking...

Kyndle Camps: Hatcher Pass – June 30th – July 1st, 2023

Adventure SummaryThere are endless places to hike and camp in Hatcher Pass which is why I spend more of my free time in Hatcher’s than any other place during the summer! Once I become a proficient backcountry skier then I will probably spend a majority of my winter...

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