Matanuska Glacier Tours

Matanuska Glacier Tours

The Matanuska Glacier is the only glacier in Alaska that you can drive to.

MATANUSKA GLACIER TOUR: Year-round Glacier Hiking & Guided Glacier Tours

Join us for a fun-filled day exploring the Matanuska Glacier. “The largest glacier accessible by car in Alaska”. The scenic two-hour drive northeast of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway makes it an easy day trip from Anchorage. The Matanuska is a beautiful valley glacier 27-miles long and four miles wide descending twelve thousand feet to the terminus. Nestled in the breathtaking Chugach Mountains, our unique location gives us some of the best weather in the state of Alaska.

It is a fifteen to twenty-minute hike to the ice for those who want to explore on their own or a fully guided glacier trek for those interested in learning about glaciology and history. Ice climbing instruction is also available.



How to Get to Alaska's Matanuska Glacier

You're about to see some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer, and we look forward to helping you have the best experience possible. Whether you're driving from Anchorage to Matanuska Glacier, or coming from Fairbanks to the North of us, you're likely to have one of the best days of your life. From the scenic drives, surrounding landscape, occasional wildlife sightings, and of course your experience walking on Matanuska Glacier itself, this is going to be a day you'll never forget.

Glacier Tours is located a short hop off the Glenn Highway.

Drive the beautiful Glenn Highway Scenic Byway any time of year!

Glenn Highway Sceneic Byway drive to Matanuska Glacier photo by Justin Matley
Matanuska Glacier Access Drive out to the glacier and explore the more easily accessible areas without a guide

Glacier Tours is located approximately 2.5 hours north of Anchorage, Alaska.

At Mile 102 of Glenn Highway, turn onto S Glacier Park Rd.

Follow S Glacier Park Rd. for 1 mile.

Though maintained well, roads may be slippery in the winter.

Do NOT park near Glenn Highway and walk down the hill to our location. Drive 1 more mile, cross a small bridge, and then you'll see our lodge where you will check in for your tour or access.

66500 S Glacier Park Rd, Sutton, AK 99674 USA

Roads Are Well Maintained All Year Round

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Stay on Highway 1 toward Palmer, Alaska

Head Towards Palmer

From Anchorage, head north on Glenn Highway. After 30-40 minutes of driving, be sure to stay on Highway 1 to Palmer.

Drive through Sutton, Alaska

Drive through Sutton, AK

In Sutton you'll find one of your last good options for a snack or bathroom break, but do continue on.

Continue past the Zipline tours.

Pass the Zipline

Once you've reached the community of Glacier View, continue past the zipline tours.

Look for the Matanuska Glacier Glacier Access sign at Mile 102 of Glenn Highway

Watch for the Sign, Mile 102

Coming from the east (from Palmer) watch for the Matanuska Glacier Access sign.

First Sign directing to Matanuska Glacier when traveling from the West, Valdez, Tok or Glenallen areas

Signage View if Travelling from the West

If traveling from the west, watch for the sign soon after seeing Matanuska Glacier in the valley to your left.

Glacier Park Rd at Mile 102 on Glenn Highway leads to Matanuska Glacier

Turn onto S Glacier Park Rd

Follow the signs to Alaska's Matanuska Glacier Access

Follow the Signs

Ignore any warning signs. Someone doesn't want traffic near their property, which is not their right.

IGNORE! Just a silly, family feud.

Questions about the route to Matanuska Glacier? Give us a call.

66500 S Glacier Park Rd
Sutton, AK 99674 USA

Summer Glacier Tours


You can’t visit Alaska without seeing a glacier close up, or standing on one! Matanuska Glacier Adventures offers daily summer fun on the ice with guided trips by knowledgeable tour guides. They know all the best photo ops! Combine the unparalleled beauty of the blue, glacier ice with the contrast of lush vegetation on the surrounding slopes. Get a breathtaking view of the Matanuska Glacier, Chugach Mountains and Talkeetna Mountains all in one place. These are memories that will last a lifetime.

Glacier Access


Are you a Do-It-Yourself type?  No problem!  We offer glacier access for those who want to take their time, on their own, to explore the Matanuska Glacier in a very personal way.
There’s a maintained trail, with paid access,  that leads one-third of a mile to the top of the glacier. At that point the ice is open for exploration. Please exercise every caution, avoid steep slopes or jumping over flowing water. Ice grippers and crampons are useful but not required. If you’d feel more comfortable with a guide, we’re happy to assist you.

Winter Glacier Tours


Baby, it’s cold outside!  Yes, and that makes for spectacular glacier viewing.  Get your snow gear on and join us for an unforgettable trek out over the Matanuska Glacier.  Matanuska Glacier Adventures offers daily winter tours, winter activities and winter glacier access to Alaska’s largest glacier accessible by road. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the glacier, a vast river of ice surrounded by snowy peaks and wilderness.

When you’re not sure what to do on a brisk, winter day, give us a call to plan a winter glacier tour for your family and friends.

All levels of ability welcome and accommodated, including those unable to walk.