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Reviewed July 21, 2019

Slightly odd that this isn't a state park and you have to pay quite a lot ($30 each) just to access the glacier over private land - but put that aside for what will be a superb experience. We did the SELF guided tour (Free after entry) and were totally happy with that - as an added bonus on our drive after the entrance gate a moose and her two calves calmly strolled out onto the road right in front of us!

The self-guided tour comprises a relatively flat (for the most part) gravelly and rocky trail that winds its way closer and closer to the face of the glacier. You cross bottomless crevasses over walkways and bridges that are laid out and marked with orange cones to guide the way.

Wonderful experience, no regrets over the self-guided tour rather than a paid for one (so we saved $140 between us) and with lodging nearby, this was a real highlight of our trip to Alaska.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank archipenko
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Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

We traveled the Glenn Highway from Glennallen to Anchorage. Along the way you drive right by the Matanuska Glacier.

There is a pull-off with an overlook and pit
toilets where you can get a lovely view of the glacier.

Very pretty to see. And a good opportunity to get out and stretch your legs.

It only takes a few minutes.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 11, 2019

Place is very cool and a very unique experience. My only problem is with paying a privately owned family business to access the glacier. At $25-$30 per person for in state and out of state residents respectively, it’s a bit of a rip off. Overall it made for a cool day trip from Anchorage. I just have a major personal issue with a family business charging and profiting from allowing people to access a glacier. How can anyone own or control access to a glacier. If this was managed by park service it would be five stars.

Date of experience: July 2019
4  Thank JerseyDevil
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

We did the self-guided tour of Matanuska Glacier, and it was fantastic! I had this on my "hope to do" list--I didn't think we would have time on our long drive from Fairbanks to Palmer--I'm so glad we got to do it!

Keep your eyes open for the turn-off on the Glenn Highway. It is a steep and curvy drive down the private road to the ticket office. Yes, this is private property, not a state or federal park. Like many other reviewers, the price seemed high, but it can't be cheap to maintain the access roads and keep the trails marked and maintained as well.

After buying your tickets, you will gain access to another private road to the parking lot near the foot of the glacier. There is a marked trail from there across the rocky and icy moraine. For the wet and muddy areas, there are plank walkways and bridges. Footing can be tricky, so be careful. The trail takes you over and around the crevices to the blue pool at the face of the glacier. It is really cool! We took a ton of pictures! You can also take guided tours over the glacier itself.

I highly recommend a visit to the Matanuska Glacier.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank FDinger
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Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

Amazing view and experience. Walking, touching, seeing and taking in the air of a glacier is a Must do for everyone.
I was surprised and also disappointed with entrance charge because the infrastructure is not yet completed poor signage and parking area is limited and a mess. Until this is cleaned up and organized the gate charge of 30.00 per adult is robbery.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Osweego
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