Mat-Su Valley Wildlife Parks
There are two long standing locations to see some of Alaska’s wildlife up close in the Mat-Su Valley. Open year-round, you can visit the Reindeer Farm or the Musk Ox Farm, both located in Palmer just 45 minutes north of Anchorage.
In the agricultural Matanuska Valley just north of Anchorage, you can pet a reindeer or feed fresh willow to a bull moose. Set on a 200-acre plot in Palmer, the Reindeer Farm has been in the Williams family for three generations. During the one-hour tour, you’ll hear interesting, funny, and insightful stories about these wild animals while walking around the property. If you want to see the baby reindeer, come in June!
The folks at this non-profit farm outside Palmer were doing sustainable agriculture long before it was cool before most people used such a term. Located 45 minutes from Anchorage, the Musk Ox Farm provides a fascinating look at the animal reintroduced to Alaska in the 1930s.