Anchorage, Alaska
Location
May 15 – Sep 30
Dates
3 Hours
Duration
6/10
Physicality
8+
Age

Explore this exceptional geographical location in Chugach Park where the Pacific Coastal Rainforest ends and the mammoth Northern Boreal forest begins and stretches from here through Siberia.

Backcountry All Access Turnagain Arm ATV Excursion with 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM trailhead departure. The perfect way to highlight an Alaskan vacation.

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Tour Description

True Alaskan backcountry riding awaits just a few miles south of Anchorage. Escape to the sights, sounds, and smells of the northernmost temperate rainforest while experiencing the thrill of the throttle through the winding wooded trails of the Chugach Mountain Range. From the alpine meadows of this wilderness area, there are frequent sightings of both brown and black bear, moose, mountain goat, and Dall sheep.

Adventurers have an opportunity to hike down to a spectacular waterfall fed by Bird Glacier and offering excellent salmon viewing, sneak peeks of Turnagain Arm, and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The unrivaled scenery, excellent wildlife viewing, and moderate terrain make this adventure suitable for all experience levels. Your Alaska Adventure Guide focuses on the small group experience for each departure.

More Specifics on the Backcountry ATV Excursion

Your Alaska Adventure Guide will meet you at the trailhead to provide each driver with an ATV/Quad orientation and training (which is part of the adventure in our expansive training site). Alaska ATV Adventures will provide you with any needed gear, to include, helmet, safety glasses and riding gloves.  No two trips are exactly the same. The complete excursion is 3 hours in duration.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bird Valley Trailhead at the of Konikson Road, Anchorage Alaska

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DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM.
RETURN TIME 10:00 AM tour returns 1:00 PM
3:00 PM tour returns 6:00 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 and snack is included with your trip however; please feel free to bring your own filled water bottle (less plastic waste).
INCLUDED ATV/Quad driver training
ATV/Quad backcountry riding experience
Bear Protection
Granola Bar/Snack
Bottled Water
Helmet
Rain Poncho (if needed) – bring your own rain jacket and pants if you have it, it will be much more comfortable for you.
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.

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More Information About The Area:

Chugach Base Camp is located in the northernmost reaches of the Pacific coast 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.

Mileage

  • From Downtown Anchorage: 40 min (28.2mi) via AK-1 S
  • From Girdwood: 22 min (15.0 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

How to get to Chugach Base Camp

We depart from the  BIRD VALLEY TRAILHEAD at the end of Konikson Road in Bird Creek, Alaska

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Transportation

Alaska ATV Adventures operates transfers on a space-available basis, options from both Anchorage and Girdwood. Reservations are required, once reservations are made the transfer is confirmed. We do not operate transfers daily. The price is $25 per person with a 2-person or equivalent minimum to operate.

Rent a Jeep! Our sister company Wild Journeys Alaska offers jeep rentals.

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.

1

Check-In

Please arrive at 10 AM or 3 PM for check-in and orientation.
  • Check-in and Introductions
  • Outfitting
  • Safety Orientation
2

2 hours 45 minute tour

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 through 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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Experience Level

  • This is a moderate activity.
  • Waterfall Hike, if conditions allow
  • No experience is necessary.

Additional Notes

  • Ages: 8 -101
  • This trip is appropriate for families, groups, and solo travelers
  • Trips operate in all weather conditions
  • Trip min: 2 machines Max: 6 machines (unless all one group) w/ Max Guide Ratio 6:1
  • Custom departure times and private trips are available
  • Advanced reservations are required, we do not have consistent cell or data on-site and we meet at the trailhead, located in Bird Creek, AK.
  • All guests are required to fill out our activity waiver on-site
  • Cancellations/changes can be made up to 14 days prior to departure

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Tour Inclusions: Guided 3-hour excursion (including outfitting & safety orientation), a bottle of water, and snack.
  • Tour Restrooms: There is a porta-potty located in the parking lot.
  • Tour Parking: Folks do drive their RV’s and park at this location, however; the park does not allow overnight camping. Parking is free and there is plenty of it.
    • At the end of Konikson Road, you will come to a large gravel parking area where the road ends. This is where you should park. You will see a porta-potty and a gate, we are behind the gate. Please wait in your car for your designated tour time, we need this time to perform safety checks
  • Tour Attire: Please bring your own rain gear if you have it. We do have raincoats and pants are available to borrow if needed. You need to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and a warm top layer. You will get dirty on the trip – extra socks and shoes are recommended.
  • WE RIDE RAIN OR SHINE
  • Check-in time is your tour time: We will hand out paperwork and helmets at your tour time – there is no need to check in earlier than your tour time. If you arrive early please wait in the parking area until the guide has had an opportunity to complete equipment & safety checks. The guide(s) will be ready to check you in at your tour time.
  • Meeting your Guide:  Upon arrival you be will be asked to fill out the provided waivers for the tour. Once waivers are signed, you are fitted with a helmet before participating in the safety briefing and riding orientation on the training course. Upon completion, your Alaskan guide will lead you into Chugach State Park backcountry for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Each trip is tailored to the group. Each guide does his or her best to locate wildlife in the area.
  • Hike Information: There is a hike involved in the trip. For the 3-hour trip, the hike is short in duration; however, there are 2 steep sections of the trail leading to the waterfall area. If you do not wish to hike you can enjoy the overlook area and scan the alpine meadows for wildlife.
  • Children: must be 8 years or older to participate in the tour. Children 8 years to 15 years may participate as a passenger; however, must be 16 years or older to drive their own machine.
  • Drivers License: no driver’s license is required, just need to be 16 years or older to drive a machine.

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

Single Rider ATV

Single Driver ATV

Double Rider ATV

2up or Double ATV

Muddy ATV ride on Turnagain Arm, Alaska