Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
A Group of people view a black bear from across a grassy field. Large trees loom in the distance. Tongass National Forest.
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Before You Visit Alaska...

Request Information: Read about Alaska and identify your interests. Visit the bookstore to select books, videos, and other materials about Alaska before your visit. Ask friends who have visited the state. Visit the Alaska Centers website. Ask that brochures and maps of interest be mailed to your home to assist you in your planning.

Brown bear with her three cubs

Bears in Alaska

Alaska is definitely known for its wilderness and abundant wildlife and is fortunate to be a place where people and wildlife can successfully co-exist together. Alaska has a healthy population of bears, roughly 30,000. Alaska's bears have always been a popular attraction among visitors. Maybe it is because Alaska has all three different types of American bears!
Crossing an Alaskan River

River Crossing

Are rivers and streams standing in the way of your hiking opportunities? Have you 'gone for a swim' one too many times? Click learn more below to get to our river crossing page for everything you need to know on how to safely make it to the other side.
mosquito biting a hand.

Alaska's Pests

Every organism plays a vital role in the health of Alaska's ecosystems.  Diversity is a major component to the over health of Alaska.  Alaska has 33 species of mosquitoes. Luckily, the insects are a minor issue in areas where most tourist visit but if you do get bitten, keep your mind at ease because the mosquitoes here do not transmit any diseases. Click learn more to find out how to avoid them and keep your sanity!
Resting backpacker enjoys wilderness without leaving a trace

Leave No Trace

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Choose realistic goals, bring proper gear, learn backcountry skills, know the terrain, and make contingency plans. It's not only important for your safety; good planning makes it easier to leave no trace in the backcountry.
Close up profile of a Willow Ptarmigan wearing its transitional plumage; the birds head and neck are still a reddish brown while chest and wings are turning the bight white of winter. Brown scrubby vegetation is in the background. Did You Know?
The willow ptarmigan is Alaska's state bird. It is snow-white during winter, but in early summer, it changes to chestnut brown plumage. Ptarmigan occur in treeless areas with low and scattered, brushy vegetation. Chicken, AK, was named because its residents could not spell ptarmigan.