From hiking, to riding a zipline to flightseeing to fishing for elusive steelhead or king salmon, it's not too early to start enjoying an Alaska spring and summer outdoors. 

Lisa Maloney
This group of a half-dozen were not on the trip to make measurements or otherwise perform science. They wanted to see, smell and slide across new country, about 200 miles that included two hot springs with tubs at Serpentine and Pilgrim.Ned Rozell
Volunteers looking for Sarabi, a member of Iditarod finisher Laura Allaway’s team, are focusing their efforts around Mile 100 of the Glenn Highway near the Glacier View neighborhood after a resident took a photo of the dog resting in her yard April 10. Suzanna Caldwell
Winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fading in Denali National Park. But more animals – including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, coyote, lynx and golden eagles – have been spotted.Alaska Dispatch News
Several Alaska salmon processors have decided to rejoin one of the world’s best-known sustainable seafood certification programs after breaking away about three years ago.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation will host its annual Seaplane Seminar at the Loussac Library in Anchorage on Saturday, April 25, for floatplane enthusiasts and aircraft owners looking forward to the summer flying season.Colleen Mondor

Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.

Rick Sinnott
Sarabi, a sled dog missing since she escaped from handlers in Anchorage on March 21 after being dropped along the Iditarod Trail, was recovered Monday night in Palmer.Suzanna Caldwell

Alaska’s city dwellers get a lot of ribbing for being “30 minutes away from the real Alaska.” But all that infrastructure also creates easy access to some pretty legit outdoor adventures -- and the options just keep getting better. 

Lisa Maloney
About 2.68 million visitors took advantage of Alaska's 23 national parks last year, and state Park Service spokesman John Quinley said that number is expected to climb this year and next, as the Park Service prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday.Elwood Brehmer