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Portage Glacier

portageglacier_insetAt the head of Portage Valley, about twelve miles south of Alyeska Resort, at the end of scenic Turnagain Arm, lies the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.

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.

Hiking trails are available in the area, follow signs in the parking lot area.


Begich-Boggs Visitor Center portage_vc

Open weekends only in the winter season.

From late May to mid-September, open daily 9 am to 6 pm. Only a 15-minute drive from the hotel.    
There is a film exhibit that shows every hour, at twenty past the hour. Learn about glacier formation and other geological history through visual exhibits. Also available is a one hour cruise to Portage Glacier.

Portage Glacier Cruise
Departs daily at 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm
Rates:

  • $29 per adult
  • $15 per child 12 years old and younger


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