Photo Credit: Knik River Lodge

Where To Stay In The Palmer / Wasilla Area

Hotels & Lodges View All

Season: Year Round $199+

Dis­cov­er cozy cab­ins, great food, and big Alaskan adven­tures at this inti­mate lodge that sits on the edge of the wilder­ness yet is super-acces­si­ble from Anchor­age. It lies tucked in at the back of the Knik Riv­er Val­ley and at the end of Knik Riv­er Road, where Alaska’s real wilder­ness opens up, with moun­tain and riv­er views — but with­out a flight or long dri­ve. It’s the per­fect place to escape for a few days, with lots of activ­i­ties avail­able from  ...more

Season: Year Round $175+ per night

Icon­ic and remote Alaskan adven­ture lodge in the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains, acces­si­ble by road just 60 miles north of Anchor­age. Open year-round, you’ll stay in rus­tic, com­fort­able cab­ins with access to some of the best hik­ing and ski­ing in the world, just out­side your door. The lodge and cab­ins sit dra­mat­i­cal­ly above tree­line, offer­ing breath­tak­ing moun­tain views and end­less adven­ture opportunities.

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Cabins, Yurts & Vacation Rentals View All

40 Minutes North of Anchorage
Season: May 15 to Sep 30 $65+ per night 1+ nights

Lodge in a spa­cious heat­ed yurt with kitch­enettes and wood stoves year round in the icon­ic Matanus­ka-Susit­na Val­ley with end­less activ­i­ties from hik­ing to dog sled­ding and gaz­ing at the north­ern lights.

Season: Year Round $175+ per night

Icon­ic and remote Alaskan adven­ture lodge in the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains, acces­si­ble by road just 60 miles north of Anchor­age. Open year-round, you’ll stay in rus­tic, com­fort­able cab­ins with access to some of the best hik­ing and ski­ing in the world, just out­side your door. The lodge and cab­ins sit dra­mat­i­cal­ly above tree­line, offer­ing breath­tak­ing moun­tain views and end­less adven­ture opportunities.

Season: Year Round $199+

Dis­cov­er cozy cab­ins, great food, and big Alaskan adven­tures at this inti­mate lodge that sits on the edge of the wilder­ness yet is super-acces­si­ble from Anchor­age. It lies tucked in at the back of the Knik Riv­er Val­ley and at the end of Knik Riv­er Road, where Alaska’s real wilder­ness opens up, with moun­tain and riv­er views — but with­out a flight or long dri­ve. It’s the per­fect place to escape for a few days, with lots of activ­i­ties avail­able from  ...more

Season: Year Round $134+ 2+ nights

Enjoy your own pri­vate log cab­in in the wilder­ness, with all the mod­ern con­ve­niences, just an hour north of Anchor­age and min­utes from Wasil­la and Palmer. Nes­tled at the entrance to Hatch­er Pass in the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains, your cozy log cab­in makes an ide­al base camp for all your Alaskan adventures!

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Bed & Breakfasts View All

Season: Year Round $157.50+ per night

This inti­mate 4‑room B&B, just 45 min­utes from Anchor­age in charm­ing Palmer, is set on six gor­geous acres and comes with great views, deli­cious break­fasts, and hosts who are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing you feel right at home.

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RV Parks & Campgrounds View All

Locat­ed at Mile 11 of Hatch­er Pass Road, you’ll find Gov­ern­ment Peak Pic­nic Area. There is a small camp­ground with 8 sites for tents or small­er RVs, and a pic­nic area.

Small, qui­et, water­front camp­ground on Rocky Lake in the com­mu­ni­ty of Big Lake. The lake is stocked with Rain­bow Trout so it’s a fun spot to angle, espe­cial­ly with kids.

There are 10 sites here, good for RVs or tents. They all over­look the lake, which is open to canoes, kayaks, and fish­ing. You can rent a boat here, or moun­tain bike/​hike the trails, which con­nect to the Matanus­ka Green­belt system.

A great camp­ing option close to Wasil­la or Palmer, this lake­side camp­ground fills up on the week­end with Alaskans. The lake is a great place for kids to learn to fish; there are plen­ty of arc­tic char, rain­bow trout, and grayling in the waters. It’s also a good place to canoe or kayak (you can rent from a place just a few lakes away); while the lake is open to motor­ized craft, it’s not over­run by jet skis or powerboats.

Large camp­ground in Wasil­la, Alas­ka man­aged by the city of Wasil­la. There’s a 57-spot camp­ground, 3 large pavil­lions, fields, a play­ground, and a boat launch for water­sports. The lake is stocked with Rain­bow trout and is pop­u­lar in sum­mer, as well as for ice fish­ing in winter.

Pop­u­lar camp­ground man­aged by the city of Hus­ton across the street from the Lit­tle Susit­na Riv­er Pub­lic Use Facil­i­ty. This camp­ground also has a day use area, a pavil­lion for rent, play­grounds, and access to fish­ing on the Lit­tle Susit­na River.

Pop­u­lar launch­ing point for boaters fish­ing the Lit­tle Susit­na Riv­er. There is a fee for dai­ly park­ing, and there are sev­er­al sites avail­able for overnight camp­ing. This is a pop­u­lar site for fish­ing guides to launch day char­ter trips. There’s a great wood­en sign near the riv­er to proud­ly hang your catch for a pho­to. It’s pop­u­lar to angle for Kings in May and Sil­vers clos­er to August/​September.

On the north side of the Knik Riv­er Bridge, turn off the main road­way and dri­ve down the riverbed.This is a good area to get out and hike around, you can walk beside the glacial­ly-fed Knik Riv­er while under the dom­i­nant peaks of the Chugach Moun­tains and Pio­neer Peak. 

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