Off-Road Vehicles in Chugach State Park

Off-road Vehicles (which does not include motorcycles) are permitted at certain access points within Chugach State Park. Please be knowledgeable of area boundaries before riding in area.  Citations will be issued for violation.

Many of the current models for sale do not fit in Alaska State Parks allowable ORV definition. Please check the legal definition of an Off Road Vehicle here. 11 AAC 20.990(21)

A person under 14 years of age may not operate a vehicle in a state park unless accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a parent or person 21 years of age or older. Proof of age or a state identification card shall be presented at the request of a park ranger. 11 AAC 12.110 


Description:  Off Road Vehicles are allowed on logging roads from the trailhead up valley to the signed closure (Approx. 4.5 miles). Trail is closed to ATV’s December 1st through March 31stThe main trail follows the creek up the valley floor. Ride with care, as there are large trees in this area. 11 AAC 20.015  
Fee: No fee at this trailhead.
Location: To access this area go to Mile 101 of the Seward Highway to the Bird Creek Trailhead, then turn toward the mountains on Konikson Road just passed the gas station. Follow road .6 miles to trailhead and parking.
Things to see:  Great family riding area. Trails are old logging roads lined with large spruce. There are beautiful views of surrounding mountains and Bird Creek. Hiking trails leave from many spurs.


Area Description: The Off-Road Vehicle area is only on the Lakeside Trail. Open only Sunday through Wednesday.  Trail is closed to ATV’s December 1st through March 31st. 11 AAC 20.015 Please obey the speed limit (15mph) while riding on the lakeside trail.
Fee: $5 parking fee/calendar day or annual day use pass.
Take the Eklutna exit at Mile 26 of the Glenn Highway and follow the park signs ten miles to Eklutna Lake. Park in the large signed lot to the left.
Things to see: Users in the Eklutna Lake Valley will have views of steep canyon walls, waterfalls and the Eklutna Lake Glacier. Wildlife such as Dall sheep and mountain goats may be seen as well. Access to Yuditnu and Serenity Falls cabins are off the Lakeside trail. Great family riding area.

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