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Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

1. 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: Chugach State Park Guided Alpine Trek

2. 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.

From Anchorage: Flora and Fauna Nature Walk with Naturalist

3. From Anchorage: Flora and Fauna Nature Walk with Naturalist

Take off from Anchorage on a guided walk through nature. Enjoy an easy hike, learn about Alaska’s vegetation and animal populations, and see one of the Chugach State Park’s most photogenic alpine valleys. You’ll start by meandering through hemlock forests scarred by thrashing leeward winds from the Turnagain Arm. Snowshoe hares make their homes here, attracting the rare lynx living in the area. In June, wild geraniums, bluebells, and forget-me-nots pop up. Spot blissful blueberries, funky fungi, and changing colors that tell us when summer is coming to a close. Every season is a wealth of surprising encounters. No matter when you take your hike, you’ll get to see something memorable. The flora and fauna of the Glen Alps will tell you the story of an ecosystem living in harmony just outside of Anchorage. Moose and bear birth their young in spring and mate during the fall months. Many animals travel through the mountains and valley in search of their favorite feed, providing ample opportunity for wildlife viewing and photography.

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

4. 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

5. 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: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk

6. Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk

Head off on a sightseeing drive from Anchorage. Hear about the local area as you cruise in comfort to Chugach State Park and/or the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area. Hop out of the car for a sight- and fun-filled nature walk. Start your tour with pickup in downtown Anchorage. Enjoy a comfortable ride while your knowledgeable tour guide brings to life the history, flora and fauna, and famous local legends of the area. Let your guide show you hidden gems off the beaten path and lead you to places unlike any you've ever seen. Discover incredible locations within Chugach State Park and the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area such as Glen Alps Overlook, Eagle River Nature Center, and Eklutna Lake. Head south down the Turnagain Arm and 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. Your guide will customize the tour to the interests and desired activity level of the entire group. Top it all off with an adventure to secret glacier views or unexpected trails to cascading waterfalls. Whatever the location or activity, Alaska will not disappoint.

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What people are saying about Chugach State Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

It was fun and informative day trip. i have enjoyed visit to wildlife conservation center and boat tour to Portage Glacier even though weather was not cooperative. And views on the way were gorgeous. Our guide shared some great picks of the wilderness which I Ioved being lousy photographer myself

Rebecca was a great guide, really friendly, knowledgable about the great nature we were walking in. We were only 3 people, left early, had nice weather. Great start to our Alska trip! Thanks Rebecca

The guide Rebecca slowed the pace down for me and taught me about the vegetation and was friendly and personable. She didn’t make the activity a race but an experience. Thank you.

Pros: Small group and nice guides, Jacob and Brit. Hole could have been longer since there was quite a bit of driving time to the park. Unfortunately no bears or moose seen.

I learned a ton, had a great time, felt safe, and was very well taken care of. I’d do it again!