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Chugach State Park, Anchorage

#5 of 16 in Nature in Anchorage
Forest · Hidden Gem · State Park
Chugach State Park covers 495,204 acres immediately east of the Anchorage Bowl in south-central Alaska. Though primarily in the Municipality of Anchorage, a small portion of the park north of the Eklutna Lake area in the vicinity of Pioneer Peak lies within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Established by legislation signed into law on August 6, 1970, by Alaska Governor Keith Miller, this state park was created to provide recreational opportunities, protect the scenic value of the Chugach Mountains and other geographic features, and ensure the safety of the water supply for Anchorage. The park, managed by Alaska State Parks, is the third-largest state park in the United States, and consists of geographically disparate areas each with different attractions and facilities. Only Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California and Wood-Tikchik State Park in western Alaska are larger. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the Chugach under regulations established by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for game management unit 14c. Target practice is not allowed within the park boundaries. In January of 2017, Chugach State Park was named the best state park in Alaska.
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  • This park is so well maintained! We did part of the blue ice trail. Very easy walking and had multiple bridges. Good path for joggers and bikers as well. Busy on the weekends. The visitor center...  more »
  • Girdwood is a great place to experience the beauty of the Chugach Mts., especially the five star resort Alyeska Resort located not far from Girdwood.  more »
  • They're aren't to many places in the world where you can driving down the road and pull off one of the multiple scenic turn offs to see Beluga whales right from your vehicle! I definitely wasn't expecting to have such an opportunity! Outside of seeing Belugas, I hear this is also a very common spot to see Mountain Goats and Dall Sheep, although we weren't lucky enough to see then as well. The landscape is also very beautiful with mountains all around and coming right up to the road. The only thing I warn is that it is a very well-traveled road and people can sometimes pull off or back onto the road, so just be sure to travel with caution, maybe with a buddy or two so they can tell you when they see something cool and where the safe places to check them out are. I hope we get to go back someday!
  • Oh my goodness! We actually got to see a ton of beluga whales on a self-guided experience. Also got to see a couple of mountain sheep and goats. Didn't see any actual Big Horns so we couldn't tell if they were female or young males. We have also been able to see the note tide a couple of times. Today is our first day here that the smoke hasn't been so bad.

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