Winter Activities in Hatcher Pass

Independence Mine State Historical Park Visitor Center is closed for the winter. However, the grounds are open to the public year-round.

Winter Fun Activities Include:

Road Conditions

Check road conditions before attempting to drive between September 15 and April 30. The use of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles is prohibited within Independence Mine Historical park, but is permitted within specified areas of the Hatcher Pass Management Area.

The Department of Transportation plows regularly to the Hatcher Pass Lodge, however, front-wheel drive (or 2 wheel drive), with chains or 4-wheel drive, is recommended.

Please Keep In Mind

Because of mountainous terrain, high avalanche danger exists during the winter season in the Hatcher Pass Management Area. Those who recreate in the Hatcher Pass Management Area are advised to educate themselves on avalanche warning signs, and to heed park avalanche advisories.

Pets must be on a leash near developed facilities. Please remember to keep pets off the groomed ski trails at Independence Mine.


Take the Glenn Highway from Anchorage. Two miles past the city of Palmer, turn left on Palmer-Fishhook Road, which becomes the Hatcher Pass Road. The Hatcher Pass Management Area is 10 miles from downtown Palmer; Independence Mine is 18 miles from Palmer.

Parks and Recreation Information

Matanuska-Susitna Area Office

Emergency Telephones are Located At:

Hatcher Pass Lodge
  Mile 17 Hatcher Pass Road
  (4 miles above Motherlode Lodge)
  (907) 745-5897
Motherlode Lodge
  Mile 14, Hatcher Pass Road
Independence Mine Visitor Center