Trapper Creek is a major intersection of the Parks Highway and Petersville Road, with gas stations, restaurants, and a post office. Known locally as the southern gateway to Denali State Park, Trapper Creek only had 423 residents at last count. Excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in both the summer and winter draw visitors from all over the state. Of course, Denali (Mt. McKinley) can be seen from numerous locations on the highway and area trails.
In the middle of town is the access point for Petersville Road, a spur road that leads to active mining claims, roadhouses, Denali State Park, and some great views of Denali. The dirt road is rough, but it’s drivable to around Mile 34. After that, driving isn’t advised. A lot of RVs and hunters use this road, so you won’t feel isolated. But the further in you go, the more miners and hunters you’ll find. So be alert about walking up on a private mining claim, and don’t walk around in the woods during hunting season!