Chugach State Park

Spectacular Hiking Near Anchorage - Turnagain Arm

Incredibly awesome and ridiculously accessible. Chugach State Park, just east of Anchorage, is an outdoor adventure wonderland that is set in urban Southcentral Alaska’s backyard. Endless peaks, countless waterways and some seriously grandiose glaciers. Terrific hiking trails and amazing Alaska animals. One of the most unbelievable aspects of visiting Alaska is that some of its most popular hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, sightseeing are just a short drive, or even a short walk, from downtown Anchorage.

At nearly 500,000 acres, Chugach State Park is among the nation’s largest parks and is home to Alaska gems like the Chugach Mountains, Turnagain Arm, and Eklutna Lake. There are trails galore as well as moose, bears, sheep and an array of animals. The park also offers activities for every type of visitor: easy strolls, bike rides and drives with postcard-perfect views, lung-and-leg burning hikes, fantastic fishing, kayaking and canoeing, drive-up campgrounds and miles of open backcountry ideal for pitching a tent. Whether you prefer a day trip close to town or crave a weekend hike off the grid, Chugach State Park has you covered.

You don’t even have to get out of your car to enjoy the Chugach charm. Drive south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm on the Seward Highway and within a few miles you will see breathtaking alpine and water landscapes. On a good day, you’ll also see sheep, mountain goats and a few bald eagles in the hills. On special days, you’ll see a ripping bore tide or some breaching beluga whales in the water.

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Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $1259 / per person

Begin your Alaska vacation in Anchorage before traveling north to the Knik Valley. Sheltered by the Chugach Mountains and surrounded by over ten glaciers including Knik Glacier, Knik... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $195 / per person

Access Alaska’s backcountry on an ATV day tour out of Anchorage or Girdwood! To begin your day trip drive to Bird Creek, located on the Seward Highway between Anchorage and... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $129 / per person

This rock climbing half-day tour is an exhilarating and memorable experience for all! Experienced Alaska rock climbing guides teach everyone from novices to advanced climbers at... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $139 / per person

Just south of Anchorage, the Alyeska Glacier is nestled in a glacier bowl in the Chugach Mountains. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, you... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $69 / per person

Hiking the Winner Creek Trail in the lush rainforest of Girdwood is an exhilarating experience that is a memorable adventure for everyone. This moderate and exciting hike is... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $519 / per person

Enjoy a fun and exciting day tour out of Girdwood just south of Anchorage. The greatest Alaskan experience of all – dog sledding on a glacier! Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight... View Tour Details