Anchorage Outdoors Sports

Posted by Dan Wolf on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 3:06pm.

Anchorage is one of the best places in the world to enjoy outdoors sports adventures of all exciting types. Whether you are an experienced back packer or a first time hiker, there is an amazing variety of adventures for you. You can be surrounded by stunning scenery and the tallest mountain in North America, Mount Denali, which is over 20,000 feet high. You may also be able to view the spectacular phenomenon of the 'Northern Lights'.

Alaska white water river rafting

These river rafting trips north and south of Anchorage are within special locations within "National Scenic Byways" and are geared for all ages and physical abilities to enjoy. The trip can last for half a day, or you can choose one that will go on for several days through the Alaska wilderness and back country.

Glacier Explorations

Join a tour by professional guides on the 26 mile long Matanuska Glacier blue ice or in the Chugach Mountains for a spectacular half day or full day trek that you will never forget. Walk out on the ice to explore the other-worldly landscape of glaciers and go hiking and ice climbing. A train ride goes to the Spencer Whistle Stop for excellent iceberg viewing and glacier hiking, or paddle a Tandem Sea Kayak past icebergs to Spencer Glacier.


There are awesome snowmobile tours just south of Anchorage, or navigate your own snowmobile into Alaska's back country with a blue ice paradise of glaciers, icebergs and ice caves. Some early season tours occur at an active gold mining operation where you trail ride at the base of 7,000 foot peaks. Later in the season you can ride through a huge glacier fed valley in a winter wonderland. In any season you can relax around a traditional camp fire eating Alaskan reindeer hotdogs. One tour is along and on the frozen Susitna River, which is a winter ‘highway’ connecting settlements and villages. Tours include the snowmobile rental, guides, oil, fuel together with meals and overnight accommodations on longer tours.

Ice Skating in Anchorage

The ice on Southcentral Alaska lakes is usually thick enough for skating by mid-November or early December. There are five maintained outdoor ice rinks and seven indoor rinks as well as many schools in Anchorage that have outdoor hockey rinks that may be used or rented through the school district’s resources department. Thrill seekers can careen down steep sledding hills. Westchester Lagoon is the perfect place for social skating because families and friends cluster around warming barrels in between skating sessions and attend special weekend events with live music. An outdoor complex features two hockey rinks with day and night skating. Or you can choose to whip around the 400-meter speed skating oval at Cuddy Family Park, which is one of only six full-size tracks in the whole United States.

For more information on sports and other outdoors activities, please visit our website or contact us.

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