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Most folks are aware of the awesome national parks covering Alaska’s wild landscape, but that doesn't mean there aren’t equally impressive state parks. In fact, one of the largest state parks in the United States borders the city of Anchorage. Chugach State Park covers just shy of 500,000 acres, with a vast complement of mountains, bays, rivers, and glaciers. Popular activities within the park include RV camping, hiking, surfing, and snowmobiling.

Chugach State Park was originally inhabited by Native Americans and was later explored by Captain Cook in the late 18th century. Its origins as a state park are much more recent, when rapid urban expansion threatened to take over. The area was already notable for the diversity of ecosystems and wildlife so close to a big city. Concerned citizens wanted to protect the conifer forests, tundra, glaciers, and wetlands contained in the area. They formed the Chugach State Park Ad Hoc Committee in 1969 to explore the idea of a state park, eventually requesting 490,000 acres be put into protection. It didn’t take more than a year for the governor to sign the bill, protecting all of the land asked by the committee and then some. Thanks to their efforts, today you can book an RV in Anchorage County and explore everything it has to offer.

Getting Outdoors

The massive coverage of Chugach State Park provides ample opportunity for exploring by foot. There are 16 trailheads around the boundary of the park giving you access to nearly 300 miles of trails. The Glen Alps trailhead in southern Anchorage is a popular starting point for numerous trails. You can find easy walks, strenuous mountain biking trails, and extended hiking trips to the tops of peaks offering breathtaking views. Another popular trail is the Turnagain Arm Trail, a ten-mile out-and-back hike through a mixed forest with occasional views of the bay. East of the Bird Point Campground, you can explore the Bird Point Trail, where you can often view whales, mountain goats, and the unique bore tide that fills the bay with massive waves as the tide comes in. Just be sure to stay off the mudflats; like quicksand, these dangerous areas have trapped and drowned many animals and humans.

Many people who go camping in Alaska do so for the world-famous fishing, and Chugach State Park is often on the list. The most abundant fish include trout, sockeye salmon, and king salmon. Eagle River provides opportunities for king salmon fishing, but the window is slim, and you should check with rangers before fishing here. The giant Turnagain Arm also has many possibilities, one of which is at Bird Creek. You can hike to your own private spot along the river and cast your line for salmon, taking in breathtaking views the entire time.

Wildlife viewing will just naturally happen while you’re camping at Chugach State Park, and photographers can’t get enough of it. Your safe encounters will include black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles, marmots, mountain goats, and moose. Visit the Eagle River Nature Center, which will educate you about all of the different wildlife in the park and how the ecosystems bring it all together. They maintain ten miles of trails to explore throughout the year, many leading to yurts if you fancy an overnight stay in the backcountry.

Camping at Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park hosts three wonderful campgrounds, all set in the Alaskan tundra and surrounded by conifers. Dogs are allowed in all three state park campgrounds and on trails if kept on a leash and under control. All campgrounds at Chugach State Park feature the basic amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, water, and restrooms. None of them, however, include water or electric hookups.

The Bird Creek Campground is at the south end of the park and has 28 sites for RVs up to 35 feet in length. There's also an overflow campground with an additional 20 sites if the main campground is full. Bird Creek Campground is popular among hikers, anglers, and whale watchers.

You’ll find the Eagle River Campground 12 miles northeast of Anchorage. This campground has 57 sites that can accommodate the largest rental RV you might be able to find, with an overflow area with an additional ten sites. This campground also has a dump station for your RV and flushing toilets. It’s largely seasonal, depending on conditions. When it's open, you can gain access to outstanding hiking and fishing.

Finally, there’s Eklutna Lake Campground in the interior of the park with 50 sites in the main campground and an overflow area with 15 sites. This campground is open year-round and is popular for winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Exploring the Area

You can‘t rent an RV in Alaska without exploring the many other amazingly impressive parks, the largest and most diverse in the country. Must-sees include Katmai National Park and Denali National Park. Aside from the national parks, you can head up to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights or experience what it’s like to command a dog sled team. There are also numerous glaciers in Alaska that you can visit either by helicopter, boat, or foot.

There’s still plenty to do closer to Anchorage if you don’t want to go far. One popular activity is taking the railroad tour from Anchorage to Seward, near Kenai Fjords National Park. Anchorage also has a large arts scene with numerous theaters and galleries, and you’ll find an abundance of fresh smoked salmon, craft beers, and homemade sausage throughout the city. If you’re continuing on in your rental RV after leaving Anchorage, be sure to fill up the gas tank and do any supply shopping before you leave the city.

RV Rentals in Chugach State Park, AK

Chugach State Park, AK is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Chugach State Park. Outdoorsy's Chugach State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

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What's around Chugach State Park, AK

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

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Albert Loop Trail Chugach State Park, AK
Rodak Nature Trail Chugach State Park, AK
South Fork Eagle River Trail Chugach National Forest, AK
Eagle Lake and Lookout Point Chugach State Park, AK
Crow Pass Trail to Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain Chugach State Park, AK
Historic Iditarod (Crow Pass) Trail to Dew Mound Chugach State Park, AK
Jewel Mountain Trail Chugach National Forest, AK
Winner Creek Trail via Crow Creek Road Anchorage, AK
Rendezvous Peak Trail Chugach National Forest, AK
Mount Gordon Lyons Trail Chugach State Park, AK

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Recommendations for Chugach State Park, AK from Outdoorsy Owners

Eagle River Nature Center

Very pretty . Bring bear spray. dog friendly. easy hike. Moose and bear present

Jul 15, 2019
Mountain View Car Wash Inc

This place is open 24/7 and is run by fantastic, long-time Alaskans. The dump station is free, but you can also make use of their RV size auto wash.

Jul 13, 2018
Eklutna Lake

Pristine Glacier Lake that supplies the drinking water for Anchorage, AK

Jul 13, 2018
Powder Hound Ski Shop

The Powder Hound is nestled in uptown Girdwood at the base of Alyeska Resort. If you are looking to do some skiing or biking while in Alaska, we suggest you grab the necessary gear from these guys.

Jun 21, 2018
Alyeska Resort

Incredible hiking and downhill mountain biking during the summer season. We recommend you check out The Powder Hound, the independent shop in town, if you are looking for bike rentals. Good guys.

Jun 18, 2018
Crow Creek Mercantile

A small grocery and general storein the downtown square of Girdwood, this place has a great vibe; you might just make a friend or two in the isles. It is a tight space so practice your dance skills.

Jun 18, 2018
Jack Sprat

Creative dishes (with vegan options) served in an airy, wood-dominated space overlooking mountains. We recommend the Yam Fries as an appetizer and the Berry Bread Pudding for dessert.

Jun 18, 2018
The Grind

With coffee roasted in-house by Brittney herself, The Grind is a unique coffee shop in downtown Girdwood, They serve up delectable waffles alongside their coffee if you are looking for a quick bite.

Jun 18, 2018
Chair 5 Restaurant

Chair Five Restaurant was conceived in a drunken stupor during the rainy season of 1982. It is now home to arguably the best deep-dish pizza in Alaska. We recommend the Blackened Chicken.

Jun 18, 2018
Winner Creek Trail

One of our favorite trails to take visiting friends and family. The trail leads to a unique cable cart, the hand-tram, which allows you to cross the Winner Creek Gorge with Glacier Creek below.

Jun 18, 2018
Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park is located in Southcentral Alaska mostly within the Municipality of Anchorage. The park contains approximately 495,000 acres of land and is one of the largest parks in the states.

Jun 18, 2018
Flattop Mountain

The hike is a rite of passage, despite being strenuous and a little dangerous at the top of the climb...but the views....mmm.

Apr 15, 2018
Jack Sprat

In the quiet little ski town of Girdwood, you'll find jack sprat which offers some of the best food around!

May 26, 2017