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Girdwood Sampler


Enjoy your hour long guided drive along Turnagain Arm to the scenic town of Girdwood where your Salmon Berry...

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Mountains & Musk Ox of the Mat-Su Valley

Travel through Alaska's past to learn about our prehistoric arctic wildlife and pioneer history!  

Price Per Person
5 hours
Group Size
Monday - Saturday
1:30PM - 7:30PM
11:30AM - 5:30PM

Mountains & Musk Ox of the Mat-Su Valley

Join this evening tour from Anchorage and travel to the Mat-Su Valley for an Alaskan experience unlike any other!

Heading north on the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway, we'll pass through farmland that was colonized during the New Deal, which now grows record breaking produce like the 1,469-pound pumpkin!

We'll visit the Musk Ox Farm, known as one of the most unique animal husbandry projects in the world, for up close views of Musk Ox! Walk the trails aside these fascinating Ice Age creatures as you learn about their adaptations and place in the future of Alaskan agriculture. You'll also have time to explore the Musk Ox Farm's shop for gifts such as qiviut (Musk Ox wool, one of the most sought after fibers in the world)!

As we ascend the Talkeetna Mountains, we will enter the alpine area of Independence Mine State Historical Park in the breathtaking Hatcher Pass! During the summer, we will take an interpretive walk led by your local guide. The Independence Mine trail is ONLY open 6-8 weeks of the summer so if you visit us in July and August, the Chugach State Park Rangers will open the gates and we are permitted to walk through the old mining town on established trails. This old mining town is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In early summer and throughout the fall months, we'll access neighboring trails for our nature walk led by your local guide. During the winter, we'll visit a local recreation area for a snowshoe stroll and fat tire bike ride, with demonstrations by your local guided. If you prefer not to ride the winter trails, we'll have a campfire with s'mores and an indoor facility for your to warm up in! 

A delicious meal is included, provided by a locally owned and operated restaurant, known for their farm to table style ingredients!

On our drive back to Anchorage, enjoy complimentary snacks and Alaska glacier wellness water as well as the continued commentary by your local Alaskan Guide!

A Note on Seasonality: The outdoor activity portion of this tour is weather dependent. Please be prepared for either a nature walk or snowshoe and fat tire bike. 

The date ranges below are subject to change based on weather conditions.. 

Summer (June 15 - September 2), Fall (September 4 - November 30), Winter (December 1 - April 16), Spring (April 24 - June 14)


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 13 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

  • All Inclusive

Admission into the Musk Ox Farm 

Tour of the indoor Musk Ox museum and outdoor Musk Ox facilities 

Time to visit the Gift Shop

Summer: Admission into Independence Mine State Historical Park with guided interpretive walk

Fall/Winter/Spring: Admission into Government Peak Chalet with guided activities based on trail conditions

Lunch provided by a local farm-to-table eatery

  • Photo Stops

Stretch your legs for up close views or simply look through our panoramic windows

  • Snacks & Water

An assortment of complimentary snacks and water are available throughout the tour

  • Gear (Complimentary)

Use of fat tire bikes and snowshoes are provided when trail conditions allow

Access to our gently used gear (boots, snowpants, winter coats, raincoats, mittens, hats, etc.) is available

*Gear must be requested at time of booking to assure gear available during your tour

  • Hotel Pick Up (3 Hotels Per Tour)

Pick up available from major hotels located within Anchorage or Palmer

*Please note that we do limit pick ups to 3 hotels per tour. BOOK NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP

  • Office Pick Up

Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage

*Please select "Meet at Salmon Berry Tours Office" at time of booking to confirm

  • Drop Off

Drop off is available from major hotels located within Anchorage or Palmer

*Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available if requested in advance


  • Guide Gratuity

Tipping Recommendation: 10% - 15% of Tour Price

Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.

Day Tour Cancellation Policy: For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.

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Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.

She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately.

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Turnagain Turn Tour

duration:Full Day

An all inclusive and locally guided tour through the AK Wildlife Conservation Center and up Mt. Alyeska!

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Anchorage Eco Tour

duration:Half Day

This is not your average City Tour, because Anchorage is not an average city! 

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Glacier Walk

duration:Full Day

Hike on Alaska’s largest road-accessible glacier with our trained Glacier Guides!

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