BLM Campbell Tract Hosts Iditarod Ceremonial Start Activities


ANCHORAGE – On Saturday, March 4, the Bureau of Land Management will, once again, host the finish of the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Campbell Tract. 

The 730-acre Campbell Tract, located just off Elmore Road near E. 68th Avenue, features several locations to view the mushers, Iditariders, and dog teams as they finish their 11-mile run from downtown Anchorage.  The run from downtown to the Campbell Tract takes approximately 45 minutes.  The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature Iditarod National Historic Trail exhibits, activities, hot cocoa, and a place to warm up. 

Limited parking will be available at the Anchorage Field Office building. Visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses, which will provide access to race viewing areas on Campbell Tract from parking lots at Kasuun Elementary and Abbott Loop Community Park.  Shuttle bus service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The BLM asks visitors to leave their dogs at home for this event, to avoid conflicts with sled dogs.  In addition, the Campbell Tract is closed to motorized recreation and is a “No Drone” zone.

The BLM serves as federal administrator for the Iditarod National Historic Trail.  The BLM also issues recreation permits for other events on the Iditarod National Historic Trail and is a partner in the Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom! (iTREC!) teacher training program.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Release Date

Wednesday, February 22, 2017




Anchorage Field Office


Kevin Keeler
Maureen Clark
Luise Woelflein