Iditarod National Historic Trail

Two logos, one for the Iditarod and one for the Nat. Trail System

This year, the Forest Service and partner organizations are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Iditarod Trail being designated as a National Historic Trail and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act

The Iditarod National Historic Trail, an icon of frontier travel, provided access to settlements, trading posts, and a string of mining camps developed between 1880 and 1920.

Congress designated the Iditarod as a National Historic Trail in 1978. It includes approximately 2,400 miles of primary trails and side/connecting trails between Seward and Nome, which link communities and historic sites.

Iditarod National Historic Trail Southern Trek

In 2004, the Forest Service signed a decision to establish a commemorative trail system on the southern portion of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. This southern trek of the Iditarod National Historic Trail parallels the historic route between Seward and Eagle River by connecting a series of existing trail segments with new trails segments, totaling around 180 miles!

The vision for a continuous trail system will be achieved through a collaboration with non-profit partner organizations, grassroots community efforts, and state and federal agency partnerships. Once completed, the communities of Eagle River, Girdwood, Moose Pass, and Seward will be connected by these trails, which will provide world-class summer and winter recreation opportunities, while preserving the history of this section of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

Get Involved!

Find out how to engage in Shared Stewardship of the Iditarod National HistoricTrail.

Click here for a map of the entire Iditarod Trail.

Please visit our partners' websites for more information on the Iditarod National Historic Trail

Iditarod Historic Trail AllianceSeward Iditarod Trail Blazers

Kenai Mountain – Turnagain Arm Communities Corridor Association

Girdwood Trail Committee Alaska TrailsNational Park Service

Chugach State Park Bureau of Land ManagementAlaska Geographic