Dear Tolovana Hot Springs Clients,
On October 22, 2020 Tolovana Hot Springs, Ltd was issued a notice of trespass by Doyon and they have blocked the trailhead at milepost 93 of the Elliot Highway. At this time you can NOT use that trail without risk of a trespassing violation from Doyon. THS is offering refunds for cabin reservations at the springs.
The trail was built by the first Tolovana Hot Springs lease holder in 1968 across what was then entirely federal land. It has been used ever since to access the hot springs and other public lands. However after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed the first mile of the 10 mile trail was selected by Doyon. BLM did not reserve an (17b) easement for the trail when they conveyed the land, now private property, to Doyon. THS will work with Doyon and BLM to seek some form of resolution to the issue.
Note that after the first mile, the trail crosses land conveyed to the state of Alaska under the statehood act (also after the trail was built). Use of the trail on the state land is not an issue.
We sincerely regret that you will be unable to access the hot springs at this time. We will provide updates on this website.Close