Billie's Backpackers Hostel - Parks & Public Lands
Information on All Public Lands in Alaska

THE single best source of information on ALL PUBLIC LANDS (Federal and State) in Alaska.

START HERE....In person or Online

For any question you have about State and National Parks (including Denali), Trails, Wilderness Areas, Public Use Cabins, Permits, Hiking, Fishing, Campgrounds, and much more

Available are maps, books, slide shows, and other resources to help you plan your Alaska adventure. 

Expert staff are a knowledgeable resource, and can assist you in learning much more about exploring the wilderness areas of Alaska.


Located in the same Building as the Fairbanks Visitor Center in Downtown Fairbanks:


Open DAILY 7am-6pm Summer

101 Dunkel St.
Fairbanks, AK

Information on



101 Dunkel St Ste 110,

Fairbanks, Alaska


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Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709



McKinley, Dall Sheep, Ground Squirrel photos
by hosteler Frank Stelges

Dall Sheep in Denali Park

11 National Parks & Preserves,
2 National Forests,
4 National Monuments
50 designated Wilderness Areas,
Several Wild & Scenic 
River Systems
Over 30 million acres of State Park Lands
Ground Squirrel

 With 30 million acres of public lands, more than half of all public lands in the United States are found in Alaska. They are managed by a patchwork of several federal and state agencies.

Public lands in Interior Alaska range from scenic roadside campgrounds and picnic areas, to remote wilderness trail experiences. The variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities are endless for those wanting to experience what these national treasures have to offer.

Paxon Lake (Richardson Hwy)

Recreation Areas Close to Fairbanks....

  Want to explore Interior Alaska?  Here are some ideas
  Many are well off the beaten path, while others are more popular with locals.

Birch Lake State Recreation Site
 Located about a 1 hour drive (Richardson Hwy) from Fairbanks campsites with a lakeside beach.  Popular. 

Chena River State Recreation Area

 Located about a half hour drive (Chena Hot Springs Road) A quarter million acre park offering miles of trails, campgrounds, and entry/exit points to Chena River, all in the heart of Alaska. Access 15 miles from Fairbanks.  popular.

Delta State Recreation Site

 Located about a 2 hour drive (Richardson Hwy) Near the town of Delta Junction - one historical park, three state recreation sites and two state recreation areas, including Quartz Lake State Recreation Area.

Harding Lake State Recreation Area

 Located about a 1 hour drive (Richardson Hwy) Areas for such activities as baseball and volleyball, as well as lake access for a variety of water sports.

The Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site  

 Located about a 45 minute drive (Steese Hwy) Trails, fishing, boating camping.  Pristine interior Alaska wilderness

The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Site 

 Located about a 45 minute drive (Elliot Hwy)  popular, campgrounds, fishing, 

Salcha River State Recreation Site 

 Located about a 45 minute drive (Richardson Hwy) popular, fishing, camping, public use cabin.

Pinnell Mountain Trail

 Located about 2 hour drive (Steese Hwy).  27 mile long trails traverses alpine ridge above tree line. Crosses tundra landscape with fantastic views.  27 miles long. 

Steese National Conservation Area
 Located about 3 hour drive (Steese Hwy)   outstanding scenery, solitude, and outstanding recreation - backpack, camp, fish

White Mountains National Recreation Area
 Located about 1 hour drive (Elliot Hwy)  1 million acres of solitude, scenery and excellent opportunities for year-round recreation - pan for gold, fish, hike and camp under Alaska's midnight sun.

Paxson Lake



National Parks And
Public Lands in Alaska & Yukon

Alaska has more public lands than any other state. Some offer relatively easy access while others are extremely remote. Many of those that are not accessible by road may be reached by air taxi from Fairbanks.