America’s Last Great Gold Rush Trail
A beautiful sunny winter day on the Iditarod National Historic Trail between Unalakleet and Kaltag (photo by Kevin Keeler, Iditarod NHT Administrator)
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 five public shelter cabins. The trail on BLM lands is also part of BLM's National Landscape Conservation System. 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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