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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

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Dear Alaska State Park Users,

Alaska State Parks are open so Alaskans can get outdoors and spend time in nature to get fresh air and exercise. Regional headquarters in each area are open by appointment and you can make an appointment by calling the regional headquarters office in your area.

As always, we have the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff in mind. We continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, and we DIRECT YOU TO THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION AT THE COVID-19 INFORMATION WEBSITE http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx. While we encourage park visits, we do ask that if you are sick and/or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 that you please refrain from visiting. Visitors to our parks are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines at all times by keeping a distance of 6 feet or more between you and others.

We are committed to keeping our public use cabins open throughout Alaska. The public use cabins do not pose a distinct public health threat, but do note that the cabins are not sanitized on a regular schedule do to the remoteness of their locations. The public is advised to follow guidance by keeping group sizes small (no more than 10 people) and bringing supplies to wipe down surfaces before and after use; this will help us keep them open for everyone to enjoy. To check cabin availability, go to our cabin page: each cabin has a direct link to the Reserve America booking window. Stay safe and get outside!

Alaska State Parks

Father and son stand in front of waterfall

A System of Dreams

That’s what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 156 park units from Alaska’s far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska’s park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.

Region Map Northern Region Mat-Su Valley and Copper River Basin Chugach Region Kenai Peninsula Region Kodiak Region Southwest Region Southeast Region

Latest News Release:

Social distancing and safety essential for parks to remain open

March 27, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – As Alaskans maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial for mental and physical health to get outside and get fresh air while social distancing...

More News:

  • 2/28/20 Alaska State Parks Mark 50th Anniversary with Summer Celebrations

  • 2/13/20 Independence Mine historic buildings to remain closed this summer

  • 1/15/20 Kenai River Management Area advisory board recruiting members


Alaska State Parks depends on volunteers to help manage and maintain our parks. Volunteers provide services that would not otherwise be offered. In turn, volunteers receive valuable training and experience for their service. There are several facets to the VIP program. Perhaps one of them is right for you!

Alaska State Parks Volunteers

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907