Because of its great location, vast wilderness, spectacular scenery and wildlife, many visit Copper River Valley for the adventure of a lifetime. Summer recreational activities include rafting, hiking, flightseeing and fishing. Winter activities include snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, snowboarding and the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, a qualifying race for the Iditarod. The Copper River Valley is an ancient lake bed containing 3.5 million acres. The area’s history is rich in mining and agriculture. The indigenous Ahtna people were semi-nomadic and subsisted on caribou, moose and fish.