Chugach State Park covers 495,204 acres in south-central Alaska. Though primarily in the Municipality of Anchorage, a small portion of the park north of the Eklutna Lake area in the vicinity of Pioneer Peak lies within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Established by legislation signed into law on August 6, 1970, by Alaska Governor Keith Miller, this state park was created to provide recreational opportunities, protect the scenic value of the Chugach Mountains and other geographic features, and ensure the safety of the water supply for Anchorage. The park, managed by Alaska State Parks, is the third-largest state park in the United States, and consists of geographically disparate areas each with different attractions and facilities. Eklutha Lake, Eagle River and the Turnagain Arm each offer unique recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Although a wilderness park it is within easy access to Alaska’s largest city.
The Dall Sheep can be easily viewed on the cliffs from vantage points along the highway.