Parking Passes: Now you know
Which one is the best for you?
We have all three beautiful parks: National, State, and Borough passes. I'm not aware of all areas, but in the Mat-Su Valley it is best to have both the State and the local Matanuska Borough parking pass.
State of Alaska day parking pass is $50. You can pay for it online or at REI. There is a few other offices (Finger Lake Office and Backcountry Bike and Ski)
Now, all passes run on the calendar year. So, it is best to get them soon to ensure the best value for your money.
**By the way, you CANNOT purchase an annual pass at the day parking area.
As far as I can tell, Denali National park has fees, but the majority of the National parks are free-ish.
The Borough pass is also available at every parking area plus online. You can go to the borough building in Palmer 350 E. Dahlia Ave., Palmer, AK 99645 to pay directly. It is $40 for a year.
The places to use the Mat-Su Borough pass include: Pioneer Ridge (Pioneer Peak trailhead), West Butte, Lazy Mountain (which includes Lazy Moose, and Morgan Horse Trailhead), Matanuska Peak (but as for now, there is no pay box there), Crevasse Moraine, Ayrshire, S. Big Lake Parking Lot, Talkeetna Lakes trail, Sunshine Creek, Government Peak Nordic Ski Area (Blueberry Knoll, Government Peak, and multiple ski/hiking trails, Single track Mt. Bike trail/Fat Bike trail), Point Machenzie, Jim Creek, Alcantra, Christiansen Lake Park, Coyote Lake Park, Talkeetna Downtown.
**Because of the changing trail conditions, be a friend and post to http://www.snowio.com/
It is super easy just click on *ADD YOUR REPORT It is super important to not hike on muddy trails that will hurt the integrity of the trail.