Alaska Nature June 08, 2017
This Gorgeous Nature Center In Alaska Is Right In Your Backyard
The Eagle River Nature Center lies at the gateway to Chugach State Park about 40 minutes north of Anchorage. Visit for a full day to soak up all the information in the visitors center and explore. You can also rent one of their cozy, rustic log cabins for a lengthier getaway. Explore the well marked trails and see a glacial valley. When the salmon are running in the summer, see the fish themselves filling the river, and the bears and eagles that come to feast on them.
See a map to the Eagle River Nature Center
The Eagle River Nature Center is a wonderful place to begin any journey in the Chugach mountains. Information about the weather, wildlife, and history of the area will prepare you for any adventure you choose.
They offer programs for children and adults as well as tours. There are self-guided tours set up throughout the area as well as naturalist guided nature tours available.
The Rodak Nature Trail is a short, 3/4 mile loop with informational signs about the local flora and fauna.
The trail leads to the Beaver Viewing Deck and Salmon Viewing Deck. Fish fill the river in late summer.
The Albert Loop is a three mile loop that takes you to the bank of the Eagle River.
Perfect for spring and summer months, but gets muddy and impassable in the fall and is often closed from August through October.
The Dew Mound Trail is a moderate 4-6 miles, depending on the route you take. This hike will take you a bit higher into the Chugach mountains for a more epic view.
The Crow Pass Historic Iditarod Trial is the most intense and beautiful hike in the area. This epic 23 miles takes you through the Church Mountain Range to Girdwood.
Cabins and yurts are available for rentals year round, as well as an entire campground for large groups up to 24 people.
Enjoy your visit to the Eagle River Nature Center year round to learn more about the nature of Alaska and explore the great trails.
May to September, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
October – April, Friday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
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