See Wildlife

Sheep, moose, eagles, even the occasional bear or fox are some of the possible wildlife sightings that can be found along the Glenn Highway. While just about any location provides the chance for viewing animals in their natural habitat, there are a few spots along the Glenn that are especially good areas.

Sheep Mountain/Eureka

Bring your binoculars as you travel the Glenn towards the Sheep Mountain and Eureka areas. Sheep Mountain is at Mile 113 and Eureka is a bit further on at Mile 128. There is a good chance to view sheep along the mountains, as well as fox or bear.

Musk Ox Farm

 Just outside Palmer at Mile 50 of the Glenn, take a left on Archie Road. The Musk Ox Farm is a non-profit organization which began in 1954 and is dedicated to the development of one of the Arctic's oldest living species. Take a guided tour, see new babies, and learn about the uses of qiviut (the under-wool of musk ox). The farm is open to the general public from May through October with tours by appointment at other times of the year. Fees range from $6 to $8.50 per person.

Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge

This birder's paradise is accessible by taking the Knik River Access exit at Mile 30.6 of the Glenn. This refuge is a 45-square mile area that is all wetlands, lakes and marsh. Depending on the season, you can expect to see Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swans, American Widgeons and Sandhill Cranes. The refuge is a popular hiking spot with entry points at Knik River Access Area or the Rabbit Slough Landing. Moose are commonly seen in the refuge so be sure to bring a camera. More information is available at

Eagle River

 Just outside of Anchorage, the Eagle River area has a wealth of excellent wildlife viewing spots. One of the best places to check out wildlife is the Eagle River Nature Center. Head north on the Glenn and take the Eagle River exit at Mile 13.4, then drive east on Eagle River Road. The Nature Center is at the end of the road, 12 miles away. You can take a short walk from the center and see beaver ponds and dams, and the beavers themselves, if you are lucky! Another great viewing area is just past Eagle River. Take the Mirror Lake Exit and drive to Mirror Lake. In addition to picnicking and fishing, you can see ducks and birds in their natural habitat.


Anchorage, despite its urban vibe, has more wildlife than one might imagine. It is not uncommon to see moose meandering through suburban areas. Use caution, and never approach the moose. Despite their friendly appearance they can be dangerous, just like any other wild animal. The Anchorage Coastal Trail, which runs from downtown to south Anchorage, is popular among birders. More than 229 species of birds have been recorded in the Anchorage area, and the Coastal Trail is a particularly good location for spotting shorebirds, especially May through September. For more information visit

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