Glenn Highway Guide
This National Scenic Byway follows a path carved by ancient glaciers.
Anchorage to Glenallen – 189 miles
Mileposts beside the highway indicate the distance from Anchorage.
The Glenn Highway is the main access to Anchorage from the Alaska Highway. The road surface is in good condition and generally well maintained.
The highest point of the highway is the Eureka Summit at 3,332 feet.
The first occurrence of a Talkeetna Mountains Hadrosaur skeleton (named “Lizzie”) was discovered near the Glenn Highway 150 miles northeast of Anchorage.
The 139-mile section of the Glenn Highway between Anchorage and the Eureka Summit is designated a National Scenic Byway. This section hugs the south end of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) valley and parallels the path of the Matanuska Glacier. The pullout for Matanuska Glacier is at mile 91.7 and there are several more pullouts further down the highway.
The junction of the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway is at mile 189. Turn south on the Richardson Highway to visit Valdez and north if you’re headed to Tok or Delta Junction.
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Downtown Anchorage. Population: 291,845. Be sure to hop on the Anchorage Trolley for an entertaining and educational tour of the city.
RV Parks in Anchorage:
- Anchorage Ship Creek RV Park
- Golden Nugget RV Park
Driftwood Inn & RV Park
Alaska Native Heritage Center. Take the Muldoon Road exit, follow Muldoon Road and go onto Heritage Center Drive to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Learn about Alaska Native cultures, heritages, and traditions. Your visit also supports the ANHC broader mission to serve as a healing and gathering place for the Alaska Native community. More info
Arctic Valley Road turn-off. Scenic side trip with hiking trails, Joint Base Elmendorf- Ruchardson and public golf at Moose Run Golf Course.
Take Hiland Road Exit for access to Eagle River Campground, Chugach State Park.
Exit to the twin communities of Chugiak-Eagle River.
Exit to Bobby’s Peter’s Creek RV Park.
Northbound exit to Mirror Lake Municipal Park, day use only.
Exit for Eklutna Lake Recreation Area with camping in Chugach State Park.
Junction with Old Glenn Highway.
Glenn-Parks Highway Interchange.
Fox Run Lodge & Campground
Kepler Park; camping, day-use, boat rentals, fishing
Alaska State Fairgrounds
Noisy Goose Cafe
Inner Springer Loop turnoff provides access to Paradise Alaska RV Park and Palmer Golf Course.
Population 6,041 – Home to the annual Alaska State Fair. Be sure to visit the Palmer Museum of History & Art.
Junction with Old Glenn Highway and access to Mountain View RV Park.
Junction with Palmer-Fishhook Road/Hatcher Pass Road to Independence Mine State Historical Park. Hatcher Pass Road is not recommended for RVs.
Turn north on Archie Road to visit the Musk-Ox Farm.
Moose Creek State Recreation Site.
Alpine Historical Park, a museum featuring the concrete foundation of the Sutton Coal Washery (1920-22)
Pinnacle Mountain RV & Cafe.
King Mountain State Recreation Site and campground.
Pullout for Matanuska Glacier. There are several more pullouts further down the highway along this stretch providing excellent views and photo opportunities.
Long Lake State Recreation Site, day-use only.
Glacier View Diner & RV Park.
Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site and campground.
Matanuska Glacier Access at Glacier Park.
Lionhead Mountain Trail. The trailhead is right before mile 106. Next to the AT&T communications towers. Pull into the gravel road. Call the number on the AT&T signage for permission and then walk up the gravel road to the hiking path. Length: 2.11 Miles. Difficulty: Moderate.
Grand View Cafe & RV Campground.
Sheep Mountain Lodge with camping.
Rest area and parking.
Tahneta Pass, 3,000 ft.
Eureka Summit, 3,322 ft. Highest point on the Glenn Highway.
Slide Mountain Cabins & RV Park
National Scenic Byway
This section hugs the south end of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) valley and parallels the path of the Matanuska Glacier. The pullout for Matanuska Glacier is at mile 91.7 and there are several more pullouts further down the highway.
Junction with 19.3-mile-long Lake Louise Road to camping at Lake Louise State Recreation Area. Features glaciers and snowcapped mountains. Year-round fishing includes whitefish, burbot, arctic grayling and lake trout. The lake systems stretches for 50 miles. Lookout for numerous small lakes along the way (many within a mile from the road) where you can cast your rod. The state campground has 50 camp sites, and offer the basic amenities including water, toilets, hiking trails, fishing and is handicap accessible.
Ranch House Lodge & RV Resort
Tolsona Wilderness Campground
Population: 449. Get your fuel at Glenallen Towing & Recovery.
Alaska Wildlife Museum
Junction of the Richardson Highway with the Glenn Highway. Turn south/right on the Richardson Highway to visit Valdez. Turn north/left if you’re headed to Tok or Delta Junction.