Campbell Tract Special Recreation Management Area
The BLM Campbell Tract is a 730 acre Special Recreation Management Area located in the heart of Alaska’s largest urban area, and provides outdoor recreation opportunities in a non-motorized natural setting for more than 500,000 visitors annually. The 12 mile trail system winds through the woods, providing year-round recreation opportunities on unpaved trails that link to the adjacent 4000 acre Far North Bicentennial Park trail network. Popular activities in summer include walking, running, mountain biking, orienteering, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Popular winter activities include snowshoeing, fat tire biking, skijoring, and cross country skiing. Dogs and domesticated animals are allowed but are required to be on a leash.
Pursuant to Federal Register Notice and 43 CFR 2920.1, 5462.2, 8341.1, 8351.2, 8360.0-7 and 8365.1-2; the following activities are prohibited on Campbell Tract:
- Use of motorized vehicles except on designated roads
- Use of firearms, air guns, paint guns, archery equipment, traps, fireworks, or snares
- Dogs and domesticated animals not on a leash
- Camping, building of fires, building structures/shelters, or the consumption of alcohol
- Constructing trails
- Use of dog mushing wheeled carts or vehicles during snow free season
- Public or private entry onto the Campbell Tract airstrip, heliport, aircraft ramp, and taxiway between the airstrip and the aircraft ramp areas
During the winter, trails are groomed to allow for both classic and skate skiing. Also during the winter, visitors to Campbell Tract may have the opportunity to view world-class dog mushing activities. Campbell Tract is located near the Municipality of Anchorage's Tozier Track, which is the start and end point for many dog mushing races and training runs. During the winter, there are several trails on both Municipality and Campbell Tract lands that are reserved only for dog mushing activities. These trails are well-marked -- please stay off of them when snow is on the ground! Dog teams move quickly and silently, and cannot stop quickly.
Wildlife viewing opportunities may include sightings of lynx, fox, coyotes, moose, black and brown bears, local and migratory songbirds, various raptors, and three species of Pacific salmon. Visitors are encouraged to practice "bear aware" techniques, including traveling in groups, making noise, and carrying bear spray. The main access point for Campbell Tract is the Smokejumper Trailhead, which is located off Elmore Road. Access is also available at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, located off Campbell Airstrip Road.
Parking and visitor information kiosks are available at both trailheads. Access can also be gained from several points on the adjacent Far North Bicentennial Park.
From downtown Anchorage, take the Seward Highway South. Exit at Dimond Boulevard and turn left, heading East. Turn left at Elmore Road. Turn Right onto BLM Road.
No fee for individual recreational use. Commercial use by businesses, guides, or tour companies requires a Special Recreation Permit in advance of proposed use.