Anchorage, Alaska
Location
May 1 – Sep 30
Dates
3 Hours
Duration
6/10
Physicality
8+
Age

Chugach State Park ATV Tour departs daily from South Anchorage.
A great Pre/Post excursion option for your Alaskan vacation.

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There are no road signs marking the entrance to this part of the Chugach State Park. Most locals don’t even know about this wild scenic area. Adventure seekers do not need to travel many miles out of town searching for a true Alaskan backcountry riding experience. This awesome trail winds through the northern reaches of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest about ½ way between Anchorage and Girdwood. The Girdwood 3-hour tour includes a hike downhill to a spectacular waterfall where salmon come to spawn from mid-June through September. During this time there is a very good chance of seeing bears from the overlook fishing in the river below, and foraging in the high alpine meadows above.

Custom, exclusive and private departure times are available upon request. Please contact us for options.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Konikson Road, Anchorage Alaska
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 10:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 1:00 PM.
CLOTHING/GEAR Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers (long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses) hiking boots or sneakers. Bring a small backpack, camera and binoculars. Bottled water is included with your trip however; please feel free to bring your own filled water bottle (less plastic waste).
INCLUDED
ATV/Quad driver training Professional Guides
Backcountry ATV/Quad Riding Rain Gear (if needed)
Granola Bar/Snack Bottled Water
Helmet/Safety Gear Bear Protection
NOT INCLUDED
Full Meal
Gratuities for your guide!

Alaska ATV Adventures focuses on small groups, providing excellent wildlife viewing and unrivaled scenery accompanying a ride specifically tailored to the group.

 

Fantastic day, great guide and beautiful scenery! Five minutes into the trip, we saw a moose, a mama bear with two cubs, three sheep and some goats. So much fun driving through the paths and a hike that was breathtaking gorgeous! Well worth it.

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10:00 AM: Check-in

Please arrive by 10 AM for check-in and orientation.
  • Check-in and Introductions
  • Outfitting
  • Safety Orientation
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10:15 AM - 1:00 PM: Tour Departure

We will leave the trailhead and enter Alaska’s backcountry. Along the journey your guide will be on the lookout for bear viewing opportunities so you can take some amazing photos. We will ride to an overlook area where you can hike to a stunning waterfall. During spawning season you will see an incredible amount of salmon making their return trip “home”. Then we will continue down wooded trails before taking you through a large water hole to get you wet and muddy before we return you to the trailhead!
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Post Tour

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Transportation

Complimentary transfers may be an option. Alaska ATV Adventures operates transfers on an as-needed basis from both Anchorage and Girdwood. Advanced reservations are required.

Drop-Off/Pick-up Address:

(For Uber and other transportation companies requiring a physical address for pick-up/drop-off):

Essential One

29383 Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99540

How to get to Chugach Base Camp

Trailhead Check-in is on Konikson Road, Anchorage Alaska. We have come a long way with our technology but for this location…GPS systems do not always work AND the trailhead does not have an address there is a map location for Bird Valley Trailhead using coordinates. For the most accurate results using maps use the Essential One station in Bird Creek, from there you are only a few minutes away. Our confirmation contains detailed driving directions.

More Information About The Area

Chugach Base Camp is located in the northernmost reaches of the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest. This is the largest temperate rainforest on the planet which begins in Northern California, traverses 2500 coastal miles, and ends a short distance from our facility, Chugach Base Camp. Just across the river and visible from camp, is Taiga. Taiga is also known as Boreal or snow forest, hence the world’s largest land biome begins its journey here and sprawls all the way to Siberia.

Transportation

Complimentary transfers may be an option. Alaska ATV Adventures operates transfers on an as-needed basis from both Anchorage and Girdwood. Advanced reservations are required.

UBER/LYFT is an option. We work with a local UBER & LYFT driver. Call them ahead to arrange the pick-up time and location for both your hotel and the trailhead, once they arrive on your curb/trailhead, book the UBER/LYFT.

Rental Cars – We have been recommending Vito’s Car Sales and Rental off Gambell Street in Anchorage. In 2020 they were renting sedans for $71 a day ($300 refundable deposit, guests provide their own insurance). For more information please call 907-917-3310.

GO TO OUR FAQs

Experience Level

  • This is an introductory activity.
  • No experience is necessary.

Additional Information

  • Ages: 4 to 101 – younger children may participate, please call for machine availability.
  • This trip is appropriate for families, groups and solo travelers.
  • Trips operate in all weather conditions.
  • Trip minimum: 2 people
  • Trip maximum: 6 people (unless booked as a group tour) with a maximum guide ratio 6:1
  • Custom departure times and private trips may be available. Please call for details.
  • All guests are required to fill out our activity waiver on-site.
  • Trips operate in all weather conditions.
  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • Cancellations or changes to reservations can be made up to 14 days prior to departure day.

Mileage to the Trailhead

  • From Dowmtown Anchorage: 50 min (27.4 mi) via AK-1 S
  • From Girdwood: 29 min (12.0 mi) via AK-1 N
  • From Cooper Landing: 1 h 33 min (75.3 mi) via AK-1 N
  • From Seward: 2 h 01 min (99.5 mi) via State Hwy 9 and AK-1 N
  • From Wasilla/Palmer: 1 h 31 min (68.8 mi) via AK-1 S
  • From Talkeetna: 2 h 56 min (138.8 mi) via AK-3 S and AK-1 S
  • From Denali: 4 h 48 min (262.7 mi) via AK-3 S

Read the description(s) below for the equipment available on this tour. Contact us if you have questions.

Single Driver ATV


Our single driver machines are designed for one driver, these machines have one seat and four wheels, which is why they are sometimes called quads. These single driver machines are easy to operate and are either fully automatic or semi-automatic. During the orientation in our training lot, your Alaska Adventure Team guide will train you on how to operate the machine and ensure you are comfortable with the controls before we head out onto the trail.

Double Rider ATV


Designed for two full sized adults with one seat for the driver and a second seat behind the driver. These four wheeled machines are longer than a single machine to accommodate two people comfortably. Often referred to as 2-Up ATV’s, they are easy to operate and are fully automatic. During the orientation in our training lot, your guide will teach you to operate the ATV to ensure you are comfortable with the controls before we head out onto the trail.

 

Viking 6 Place UTV


Our Viking or 6 place machine has six seats in two rows. Your Alaska Adventure Team guide and two passengers ride in the front row. Three more passengers can ride in the back row.  These machines have six wheels and have a roll bar, allowing us to take passengers as young as 4 years old. This type of machine is often referred to as a UTV. Passengers will not need to learn how to drive this machine as it is guide driven.

Family viewing wildlife from ATV
Family viewing wildlife from ATV
Northern rainforest ATV tour
Single file ATVs over the bridge
A fun family day on ATVs
Hikers at the waterfall
Waterfall overlook area
ATV adventurers break by the river
Fall forest and mountain views