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Winter Motorized Trails

Picture of two riders on a snowmobile.

While there is a lot of country in Alaska, there are a few areas that stand out for their winter trail systems and attractions.

The White Mountains National Recreation Area maintains over 200 miles of multiple-use winter trails, connecting 12 public use cabins.

The Iditarod National Historic Trail is over 1,000 miles long and connects Seward to Nome.

Multiple-Use Trails

In the winter, most of the trails in Alaska are considered multiple-use.  That means trail users need to share the trail with several types of use such as skiers, dog mushers, snowmobilers, and hikers.   Please respect other trail users and demonstrate the Alaska Spirit of Sharing the Trail .

Trail Etiquette

  • When meeting head-on, snowmobilers should pull off the trail and turn off their engines to allow other non-motorized users to pass.
  • When approaching from behind, snowmobilers should slow down and wait until the traveler in front signals it's OK to pass.
  • Slower riders should pull off the trail to allow faster riders to pass.
  • Do not disturb trapping activities in the area.
  • Do not camp on the trail.  Camp at least 25 feet away from the trail.
  • Operation of motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.

REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR HELMET!


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For more information on winter trails, contact the nearest BLM Office

Anchorage Field Office | Glennallen Field Office

Arctic Field Office | Central Yukon Field Office | Eastern Interior Field Office