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Chugach State Park, Alaska

Chugach State Park, Alaska

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From Anchorage: Alaska Wildlife Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

From Anchorage: Alaska Wildlife Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

Board a Turnagain Arm Shuttle from Anchorage for a guided drive along Alaska’s scenic highway, taking in dramatic views of mountains and the Cook Inlet. Head directly to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and join them in their mission to provide refuge for orphaned, injured, and ill animals. On the way to the wildlife center, pass through the Chugach State Park down Alaska’s most scenic stretch of highway. Start your visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm, witnessing native wildlife up close. Stop at Beluga Point for sweeping views of Turnagain Arm. Make offerings to the Sheep and Whale Gods for possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales passing through. Your guides will do their best to sync you up for a once-in-a-lifetime rendezvous with these enchanted creatures. At Portage Valley, see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, and Byron Glacier and take a walk through a rainforest. Continue to Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwoods, and alder trees, for a nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm.

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

Experience rugged mountains, panoramic ocean views, wildlife, and amazing glaciers, all on this guided trip from Anchorage. Venture deeper into the Alaskan wilderness than a typical sightseeing tour with entry to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Chugach National Forest. Follow the sun and the wind towards the most scenic locations possible for the day of your tour. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and travel into exciting areas of the Chugach National Forest that require special permits. Spot brown bears, wolves, bison, and belugas. Enjoy live commentary and learn about the unique landscapes of Alaska from your expert guide. Discover the rich history and experience the wonders of the Ring of Glaciers. Spend the day alongside highly trained adventure guides whose sole purpose is to leave you with memories lasting a lifetime. Take advantage of complimentary photo lessons from your guide throughout the activity.

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

Marvel at the wonders found in one of the Chugach State Park's fondest, glaciated valleys. On this guided tour from Anchorage, hike the Eagle River trail system, where boreal forests and salmon spawning streams are found. Enjoy snacks, bottled water, and optional trekking gear. The first portion of the hike takes you to the network of forested trails found at the Eagle River Nature Center, nestled deep along the north fork of the Chugach State Park's massive Eagle River. The hike features a portion of the historic Iditarod dog sledding trail that’s no longer in use. That means there won't be any dogs giving you a ride on this adventure ─ just your two feet. Onward, reach through thick spruces and birches while keeping an eye out for wildlife. You may see the American dipper swimming in a tributary warmed by geothermal heat or a moose and small mammals like the snowshoe hare or red fox. For the second portion, take a short ride to the Chugach State Park's waterfall, Barbara Falls. This section is a short half-mile walk that features local plants, fungus, and point-and-shoot photo opportunities around every corner. It's super rewarding and a great way to conclude the tour.

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Winter Walking Tour

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Winter Walking Tour

Witness the ice-covered Barbara Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Chugach State Park, on this guided walking tour from Anchorage. Learn all about the flora and fauna of the area from your guide on this wintertime nature excursion. Departing from Anchorage, follow the South Fork Eagle River, observing ice dam formations created by freezing temperatures and fast-moving water. Reach the base of the 25-foot Barbara Falls and see shimmering icicles, ice bridges, and falling water frozen in time. See the vegetation that lives within the diverse forest. Admire the towering species such as white spruces, paper birches, and aspens that drape the frozen ground below. Learn about the intriguing biological processes happening within the lichen, mosses, and trees that dominate the environment from your guide. Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as moose, snowshoe hare, rodents, and birds.

Anchorage: Mystery Sightseeing Tour

Anchorage: Mystery Sightseeing Tour

Head off on a sightseeing drive from Anchorage. Hear about the local area as you ride in comfort to some of the best locations around within an hour of Downtown. Go on a guided nature walk to local lookouts and lakes, and take in great views of the surrounding area. Start your tour from downtown Anchorage. Your guide will decide where to go after they learn what everyone has planned for their visit to Alaska so they can guarantee to take you somewhere you’ve never been! Sit back and enjoy the ride as your knowledgeable tour guide brings to life the history, flora and fauna, and famous local legends of the area. Discover incredible locations within Chugach State Park and beyond, such as Glen Alps Overlook, Eagle River Nature Center, and Eklutna Lake. Head south down the Turnagain Arm to conquer part of Falls Creeks Trail, or go north to take a leisurely stroll around Reflections Lake and explore the beauty hidden just outside Anchorage. Whatever the location or activity, Alaska will not disappoint. Your guide will customize the tour to the interests and desired activity level of the entire group.

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Guided Alpine Trek

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Guided Alpine Trek

Enjoy a classic Alpine hike in Chugach State Park as you admire the scenic views around Anchorage and Cook Inlet. Gaze at deep, glaciated, u-shaped valleys, and giant ridgelines defining the landscape. Start the day by meeting your expert guide at the meeting point in Anchorage. Travel by minivan to the trailhead, before setting off on your hiking adventure. Trek through pristine, treeless, tundra loaded with vegetation that you can touch, taste, and feel. On the way, keep a look out for native animal species including moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, or maybe even a bear. Try to spot reclusive small mammals like arctic squirrels and marmots. You may also see birds soaring overhead, such as bald eagles, thrushes, chickadees, and jays. Learn about the native flora and fauna from your expert guide. Enjoy plenty of stops to enjoy the amazing scenery, with panoramic views all around you. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Denali hundreds of miles away. After a full day of hiking, head back to the bus for a convenient transfer back to central Anchorage.

Anchorage: Turnagain Arm Highlights Photography Day Trip

Anchorage: Turnagain Arm Highlights Photography Day Trip

Surrounded by two mountain ranges and home to the highest tide variations in the United States, the Turnagain Arm is a stunning visual journey just south of the city of Anchorage. Join us for a photographic exploration of the stunning coastal and mountain landscapes we explore the highlights of the Turnagain Arm. Your itinerary includes Turnagain Arm, Chugach National Forest, and Chugach State Park, with the opportunity to photograph mountain streams, waterfalls, coastal mudflats, glaciers, and both the Chugach and Kenai mountains. Depending on the season, wildlife opportunities may include bears, moose, Dall sheep, Bald eagles, and Beluga whale. Throughout the tour, you’ll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. It’s a great way to see the sights while honing your photography skills. Book it at the start of your Alaska trip and you’ll take home your best travel photos yet! Unlike other Turnagain Arm tours available in Anchorage, our tour does not go to well-known, crowded locations. Our objective is to take you off the beaten path to explore unique photo locations that provide great photo opportunities.

Anchorage: Winter Wonderland Photo Tour

Anchorage: Winter Wonderland Photo Tour

This daytime winter photo tour explores the natural beauty of the Anchorage area, providing access to stunning landscapes and wildlife opportunities. Transported in a small passenger van from your hotel, this tour takes you to approximately four locations where you can explore the beauty of winter, from frosty woods to ice falls, snow-covered mountains to coastal sunsets. Destinations can include Chugach State Park, Turnagain Arm, and the coast of Cook Inlet. This winter photo tour is fun for everyone, from casual picture-takers using cell phone cameras to avid photographers with high-end gear. Departure times will vary according to the timing of sunset. Throughout the tour, you’ll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. It’s a great way to see the beauty of winter while gaining some photo tips. Book it at the start of your Alaska trip so you can learn tools to help you enjoy the rest of your Alaska vacation!

Anchorage: Flattop Mountain Guided Hike with Pickup

Anchorage: Flattop Mountain Guided Hike with Pickup

Welcome to an unparalleled hiking experience with our guided tours up Flattop Mountain, the most climbed mountain in Alaska! Located in the Chugach State Park, just a short drive from downtown Anchorage, Flattop Mountain offers a quintessential Alaskan adventure that combines breathtaking scenery, physical challenge, and unforgettable moments. This is for up to four people. Private tours are available with custom pickup/dropoff location. NOTE: - Hiking poles and emergency rain gear will be provided. Your guide will carry bear spray. - Snacks and water will be provided. - This is a difficult hike with steep terrain. - There may be some remaining snow near the peak. - In case of inclement weather, the hike can be cancelled for a full refund. Trail Overview: The Sunnyside Trail, a 3-mile round trip with 1,350 feet elevation gain, offers a well-marked path suitable for varying skill levels. Despite its moderate to difficult rating, the panoramic views make it worthwhile. Scenic Highlights: Enjoy sweeping vistas of Anchorage, Knik Arm, and the Chugach Mountains. On clear days, catch a glimpse of Denali. Encounter diverse alpine flora, fauna like moose and marmots, and unique geological formations. Why Choose Us? Our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certified guides ensure safety and enrich your experience with local knowledge. We prioritize safety, offer eco-friendly tours adhering to Leave No Trace principles, preserving Flattop Mountain's pristine beauty for future enjoyment. Schedule: 10am: Pickup anywhere in Anchorage. After the booking has been made, your tour guide will reach out to you to arrange a meetup location. 10:10am: Enjoy a ride in the local guide's Subaru Forester. The ride to the trailhead will be between 10-35 minutes, depending on pickup location. 10:45am: Arrive at Basher Trailhead. Prepare for the hike with a safety briefing. 11:00am: Begin Ascent.The terrain varies between uphill and flat, and can be muddy and snowy. There will be multiple stops to snack and catch your breath. 1:00pm: Reach the summit of Flattop Mountain! 1:15pm: Begin descent. The way down will generally be faster, but can be challenging for those with knee problems. 2:15pm: Return to the trailhead. Ride back to the pickup point or another dropoff point in Anchorage. Join us on the Sunnyside Trail and see why this iconic peak is beloved by locals and visitors alike.

From Anchorage: Glen Alps Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure

From Anchorage: Glen Alps Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure

If you have always wanted to try snowshoeing but did not know where to begin, then look no further. On this guided tour from Anchorage, get your own snowshoes and an easy lesson before venturing out into the Glen Alps to discover the natural wonders of the area. Snowshoeing allows you to travel easily through snow-packed terrain. After a quick introduction on how to use a snowshoe, you’ll begin by walking around the parking lot until you get comfortable using them; you will get the hang of balancing and adjusting your stance almost immediately. After your lesson, officially begin your adventure by heading to the mountainous wonderland of the Glen Alps in the Chugach Mountains, just to the east of Anchorage. Travel approximately two miles through hemlock forests and snow-covered alpine meadows. You will have plenty of opportunities for taking photos of the magnificent South Fork Campbell Creek Valley and other memorable spots. Keep an eye out for small mammals during your trip, as well as a few birds, or perhaps even a moose.

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What people are saying about Chugach State Park, Alaska

Overall rating

4.8
(17 reviews)

Abe was great! So knowledgeable about everything on our trip! You could tell his #1 priority was our safety but our enjoyment ranked pretty high! We didn't see any wildlife but the hike was still well worth it!

Overall awesome experience, especially because Joe went at the pace I was comfortable with! I didn’t feel rushed and had time to enjoy the views. Thank you Joe for answering all my questions about Anchorage!

the driver Mrs. Molasa was very good, thank you very much for the whole trip, she took us to several places and it was a great experience! I recommend her to everyone who goes to Anchorage!!

We had a great excursion with Bryce who was very informative and was very knowledgeable. Views and weather were great and enjoyed the hike!

A little more time at the stops. Not so much in the Wildlife Conservancy but other locations.