The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Lee Poleske
For The LOG 

Iditarod Trail joins NPS Passport program


The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, has released the first round of Park Passport stamps for the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

The Iditarod National Historic Trail stamp is available at nine locations, each with their respective mileage along the trail: the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center in Seward, the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center in Portage, the Roundhouse Museum in Girdwood, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage, the Bureau of Land Management’s Anchorage Field Office, the Knik Museum and the Mushers Hall of Fame in Knik, the McGrath Museum in McGrath and the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau in Nome. The stamps are available to everyone not just Passport holders.

The Passport to Your National Parks, is a popular program for travelers to collect stamps when visiting national parks. The Passport includes a section for the National Trails. The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance is a state-wide nonprofit corporation whose mission is to protect, maintain and promote the Iditarod Trail. The Bureau of Land Management is the federal administrator of the Iditarod National Historic Trail from Seward to Nome.

At nearly all National Parks one or more NPS passport stamps can be acquired at no cost at park visitor centers and ranger stations. The stamps are similar in nature to passport stamps stamped in a traveler’s national passport and serve as a record of each park visit.

The Passport program, began in 1986, is run by Eastern National, a nonprofit organization, which sells the passport book. Over 1.3 million books have been sold. Collectors of the stamps have formed the National Park Travelers Club, which holds annual national conventions.


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