Jewels of The Alaska State Park System - Mat-Su/Copper Valley
Denali State Park takes its name - Denali - from the tallest peak in North America (also known as Mt. McKinley). Denali means "the great one" in the Tanaina Indian dialect. The park, about 130 miles north of Anchorage, offers outstanding views of Denali from the highway, and the trails to Kesugi Ridge afford famous views of the mountain. A brochure is available that tells about camping, boating, hiking trails and other features of the park.
Independence Mine State Historical Park features the abandoned building and machinery of a 200-worker camp and hardrock gold mining operation which was one of Alaska's greatest gold producers in the 1930's. This park, less than a two-hour drive from Anchorage, is located in the rugged Talkeetna Mountains. The mine manager's house and assay building have been restored and offer interpretive displays and visitor information. The historical spirit and ghost-town flavor of the area can be experienced on a walking tour of the mining camp. Heavy winter snowfalls offer great cross-country skiing.
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is one of the few lake-studded landscapes in Alaska preserved in its natural state for recreation. It's ideal for canoeing, fishing, and boating on a network of more than 130 lakes and ponds. Visitors will find camping areas, hiking and skiing trails, a system of canoe portages, and twelve public rental cabins. The area is well used in winter by dog mushers, skiers, and snowmachiners. The park is just south of Willow on the Parks Highway. Call 495-6273 for a recorded message on recreation opportunities and conditions.