Chugach National Forest – Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

At the head of Portage Valley, fifty miles south of Anchorage, at the end of scenic Turnagain Arm, lies the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. You are invited to come experience it, as living glaciers continue to carve the landscape and shape the life on the Chugach National Forest.

Built on the remnants of a terminal moraine left by Portage Glacier, the Visitor Center is staffed with Forest Service interpreters available to answer questions, assist with trip planning, and provide programs on the historical and natural wonders of the valley.

The award-winning film, “Voices From the Ice” is shown hourly and provides a spectacular view of many glaciers and wildlife. The visitor center currently houses exhibits demonstrating “glaciers on the move” with insight into the retreat of Portage glacier.

Although Portage Glacier is no longer visible from the Visitor Center, due to its retreat, the face of the glacier is still partially in Portage Lake.

The Visitor Centre was open for public visits since 1986 and has been continuously surprising its visitors with its share of new exhibits, just as traders seem to be excited with the new features of the Bitcoin Trader Robot. Visitors have the chance to learn a lot about the famous Chugach National Forest, which is the second largest national forest in the United States of America. In addition to award-winning displays, the Center offers several educational presentations including documentaries of scientific interests. Entry fee for adults is $5, while entry is free for kids who are 15 and below. Admission to exhibits and films are included in the entry fee.  

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Hours of Operation
Facility

Summer Hours

Winter Hours
BBVC 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Seven days a week.
May 25 to October 1 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday

Directions

The turn off for Portage Valley Road and the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is located approximately 50 miles south of Anchorage or 77 miles north of Seward on the New Seward Highway #1. Turn onto Portage Valley Road and go approximately 5 miles to the end. Follow the road to the right and there will be a turn-off to the Portage Glacier Lodge on the left. Keep following the road as it loops around. The first road off to the right after you pass the lodge is the road to the Ptarmigan boat dock. Lake front parking is just up ahead and if you continue towards the visitor center, there is available parking with special areas for busses and larger vehicles.

Resources
USDA Forest Service in Alaska Chugach National Forest Official Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Page

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