Anchorage Wildlife Tour

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Detailed Description:

Alaska Adventure Guides will get you to the best spots to check out the most scenic views in the Anchorage area.  Want to see moose, sheep, or eagles?  We’ll do it.  We can watch belugas and bears or find salmon swimming up the local streams and rivers if the season is right.  This tour will generally cover the Chugach Mountains nearest Anchorage, and venture south along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.  We’ll often see Dahl sheep, moose, black or brown bear, belugas, and more depending on the season. We often customize this trip to see specific wildlife, moose, sheep or bears for example.  Please contact us in advance with specific requests. All this, and you’ll still be back in time for your dinner reservation. 


An Alaska Adventure guide will pick your group up at your hotel. 

Tour start times vary. We’ll travel to some of the most scenic views and we specialize in finding wildlife in the Anchorage area.

Tour start and end times vary, but tour duration is about 3 to 4 hours.

Anchorage Wildlife Tour Notes

  • This tour is less restrictive in terms of schedule than many of our other tours.  If you’d like to go TODAY, but online booking is closed, give us a call to book in-person. 907-302-0245
  • Weather conditions can vary greatly from day to day.  Dress in preparation for staying comfortable in the prevailing weather conditions. We will be in the van the majority of the time, but at times will get out for short walks or hikes depending on guests’ preferences.
  • Dress in layers.  When the weather turns out a little different than forecast, the sun comes out, or wind picks up, the ability to adjust to the conditions can make your time out much more enjoyable.
  • Bring a small backpack or other means of carrying the few things you may want to keep available while we’re out, a hat, sunglasses, water bottle and your preferred bug spray and sunscreen for example.
  • We’ll have bottled water available.  Feel free to bring any additional snacks or drinks you’d like. 
  • This activity is rated as moderate.  Guests with medical conditions or concerns, please contact us in advance to explore options and accommodations for this trip. 
  • Feel free to give us a call if you have additional questions or concerns

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Anchorage Area Wildlife Tour FAQs

Different times of year are better for seeing different types of animals. Moose are the most common part of our tours in the Anchorage area year-round, but fall, August through November, is especially good for seeing big bull moose.

We can see bears between May and November, with the highest likelihood being while salmon are in the streams, July through September.

Doll (or Dahl) sheep are often visible in the mountains around Anchorage. December is prime time for viewing big rams, as they often come down lower in the mountains for mating season.

Beluga whales are usually found along Turnagain Arm, especially in early and late summer.

Eagles are found year-round but peak during the hooligan (smelt fish) run in Turnagain arm in early spring. We’ve often counted over 100 bald eagles and several golden eagles gorging on these little fish.

Mountain goats, somewhat similar to Doll sheep, are often seen in the Chugach Mountains, a little further from Anchorage than the sheep often are, and they usually stay up in higher elevations.

Other animals are frequently seen but can be less predictable than previously mentioned. If you’re looking for something not discussed here, please feel free to reach out for information and start planning your trip!

As the name implies, we’ll normally stay close to Anchorage. Typically, we’ll travel south from Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm, where the Chugach Mountains to the north and the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet and Kenai Mountains beyond to the south make a fantastic backdrop for your photo(s) of a lifetime!
On this tour, we can be very flexible regarding activity level. We’ll work to match the energy and abilities of the group. Some of our more active groups can get to some unbelievable areas for viewing moose and sheep mainly, while for those more limited in ability, there are many animals and sights to see right from the comfort of your seat! If you have specific needs or concerns, please get in touch with us for options.
Plan on being outside for as much as an hour on this tour. We recommend dressing appropriately for the temperature in layers that can be added or removed as conditions change. The van always has room to bring a backpack with extra clothing.

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