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Iditarod National Historic Trail

America’s Last Great Gold Rush Trail

Visitors drop by Iditarod Roadhouse exhibit at 2014 Alaska State FairMore than 2,700 fairgoers visited the Iditarod Roadhouse exhibit at the 2014 Alaska State Fair!

In August BLM partnered with the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the Chugach National Forest to host the Iditarod National Historic Trail exhibit at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

The exhibit was housed in rustic wall tents reminiscent of the Iditarod roadhouses of yesterday. The exhibit featured trail maps, memorabilia, mushing sleds, activities for the kids, and helpful staffers who shared tips for enjoying Alaska's Great Gold Rush Trail!

BLM Feature Story: Roadhouse Exhibit Brings Iditarod History to Alaska State Fair

The Iditarod National Historic Trail commemorates a 2,300-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Alaska Native villages, opened up Alaska for the last great American gold rush, and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation in modern day Alaska.

Over 1,500 miles of the historic winter trail system are open today for public use across state and federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management, under the National Trails Act, is the designated Trail Administrator, and works to coordinate efforts by federal and state agencies on behalf of the entire Trail. BLM maintains about 150 miles of the Trail, including four public shelter cabins. The remainder is managed primarily by the State of Alaska, or crosses private Native lands on public easements.

Use the links at right to explore America's Last Great Gold Rush Trail!

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 For more info about the Iditarod Trail and other cultural or historic resources, visit our Cultural Heritage Program webpage!

Click here to download Iditarod National Historic Trail Visitor Guide 2008.

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