Sheep Mountain Activities

Summer Activities

At over 20 miles long, the mighty Matanuska Glacier is best seen from the air. Take an unforgettable tour with lodge owner, Mark. Tours leave right from the airport at Sheep Mountain.  Sheep Mountain Air has many different tours to fit all budgets and wishlists.

Glacier and Mountain Scenic Tour  | Matanuska Glacier Tour with Landing | Matanuska Glacier Flight and Hiking Tour | Bucket List Helicopter Tour

ATV Gold Panning

person with buckets in creekSheep Mountain Lodge in partnership with AK Mountain Tours provides a great introduction to gold panning and ATV riding.  Head out on state of the art ATVs and learn all about the ancient art of extracting gold from Alaska wilderness.

ATV Adventures

Join AK Mountain Tours for an amazing Alaska ATV Adventure that you won’t forget.  Leaving from Sheep Mountain, this ATV activity explores Gunsight Mountain and the surrounding area.  Great views, flowing rivers, and lots of wildlife.

Glacier Hiking

Our lodge is located a short 12 miles from access to the Matanuska Glacier. Spend a few hours exploring the glacier on your own or take a guided hike to see the glacier’s wondrous features with expert guides. Vehicle access to the Matanuska Glacier trailhead is found at milepost 102.  Note: there is a $20 per person fee charged by the private landowner for access.  We recommend MICA Guides and NOVA for guided glacier hiking or ice-climbing, no experience is necessary.

Glacier Tours

River Rafting

Sheep Mountain Lodge is located near the Matanuska Glacier and the world-famous Lion’s Head river run on the Matanuska River. Make our lodge your home after a thrilling day on the river.  NOVA River Runners has been leading trips down this river for over 35 years.  They offer multiple trips a day for various skill levels and provide all necessary gear and equipment.  No experience necessary.

Self Guided Hiking Trails and Wild Berry Picking

Sheep Mountain TrailsThere are over 12 miles of trails near the Lodge perfect for exploring.  Birds and wildflowers abound. Maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking.  In the fall (mid-August), wild berries such as blueberries, low bush cranberries, and crowberries can be found in great numbers within walking distance of the Lodge.  Fill a cup with fresh berries to have added to your pancakes in the Lodge restaurant or fill a bucket for jams and jellies to be made at home.

Guided hiking is available by reservation. Your guide will introduce you to the natural wonders of the Sheep Mountain area – including birds, geology and wildflowers.

Photography

Sheep Mountain is a shutterbug’s paradise with breath-taking views of Lion’s Head, the Matanuska River Valley and the lofty, rocky crags of the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains.  Aurora photography (conditions permitting) is possible in the late fall after August 15.

Mountain Biking

Extensive local roads and trails provide a variety of options for mountain biking and hiking through scenic countryside around the lodge.  The Sheep Mountain Trail system behind the Lodge is great for beginners to advanced riders.

Wildlife Viewing

Sheep Mountain shelters a large population of Dall Sheep which are protected from hunting. In addition to Dall sheep, guests at Sheep Mountain Lodge can often view moose, fox, coyote, bear (rare), lynx and many members of the avian family including Wilson’s and Arctic warblers, Golden eagles, hawk owls and the ever-present Magpie.  Easily accessed walking trails behind the Lodge offer an excellent opportunity for viewing local wildlife.

Flightseeing

Sheep Mountain Lodge is fortunate to have 2 very experienced local bush pilots with air taxi and flightseeing operations nearby.  Meekins Air Service and Blue Ice Aviation both provide FAA part 135 certified air transportation for anything you can imagine.  Experienced bush pilots offer 30 minute to 2 hour flight seeing trips as well as drop off for hunting/hiking/skiing/etc.  Breathtaking views and possible wildlife sightings on every trip. These trips are highly recommended and can often be booked last minute at the Lodge depending on current wind/weather conditions.

Winter Activities

  Snowmobile Tours

Matanuska Glacier SnowmobilesGuided snowmachine tours are a perfect addition to any Alaska Winter Vacation. Experience glaciers up close and scenery that is unbelievable. There are multiple days worth of riding in the Sheep Mountain area which means you can ride for multiple days. The area around Sheep Mountain Lodge offers a wide variety of riding so we can accommodate to all riding abilities; no experience is necessary. All of the outer gear is included. You must be 16 years old in order to drive your own machine. Tours are provided through Alaska Mountain Tours.

Mountain Snowmobile Tours | Matanuska Glacier Snowmobile Tours | Snowmobiling and Ice Fishing

Helicopter Activities (Winter)

Enjoy one of the best Alaska Helicopter Tour activities with Sheep Mountain Air.  During the winter, we do glacier landings to explore glacier canyons and ice caves.  We also do our scenic tours all year long, so take a look and join us for some fun.

Ice Cave Helicopter Landing | Glacier Canyon Helicopter Landing

Skiing

Sheep Mountain Lodge has miles of skiing trails, perfect for cross country and mild downhill fun.  We groom our trails on a constant basis, so you can be assured that whatever the snow conditions, we are doing our best to make your skiing experience the best possible.  All included in your stay at the lodge, just bring skis!

Snowshoeing

Like to strap on the snowshoes and head out on the trails? Enjoy our miles of groomed trails, or do some off trail exploration.  You could snowshoe all day here and never run out of new areas to explore. All included in with your lodge rental, just bring some snow shoes.  Call ahead if you need some to use.