Iditarod National Historic Trail Management

Trail steward marking Iditarod Trail routeMost of the historic Iditarod Trail is located on public lands managed by the State of Alaska or federal agencies (although some segments pass over private lands). No one entity manages the entire historic trail - management is guided by a cooperative plan adopted in the mid-1980s. The federal Bureau of Land Management coordinates cooperative management of the trail and is the primary point of contact for matters involving the entire trail.

Each year local groups, community clubs and individuals contribute their personal time and money to maintain and improve the Iditarod Trail.  The statewide, nonprofit Iditarod Historic Trail, Inc., helps protect and improve the trail and keeps the "lore of the trail" alive.

What are National Trails?

The Iditarod National Historic Trail is one of many trails designated by Congress recognizing their significance as scenic or historic transportation routes. The Iditarod was specifically designated for its historic importance. The system was created to provide areas for hiking and for meeting the outdoor recreational needs of an ever expanding urban population.

Trail Ownership

Who owns the trail? The Iditarod is a complex trail system, stretching from Seward in the south, to Nome on the Bering Sea.  It crosses lands owned by several Native corporations, municipal governments and the State of Alaska as well as federal lands managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Defense. In all there are 10 institutional land managers and numerous private owners.

Iditarod National Historic Program
Bureau of Land Management
Anchorage Field Office
4700 BLM Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Chugach National Forest
Seward Ranger District
334 4th Ave. P.O. Box 390
Seward, Alaska 99664
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Innoko National Wildlife Refuge
101 Front Street
P.O. Box 287 MS 525
Galena, Alaska 99741-0287

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State of Alaska
Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1260
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3557

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Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
18620 Seward Highway
Anchorage, Alaska 99516

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For further information about the Iditarod National Historic Trail System, contact the BLM Anchorage Field Office at (907) 267-1246 or toll free at (800) 478-1263.