Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is now closed for the 2014 season.

The BBVC has closed for the winter, be we plan to re-open for the 2015 summer season on Saturday, May 23rd.  Hours of operation during the summer season will be 9am-6pm, 7 days a week.

General Information

Opened to the public in 1986, and rededicated with new exhibits in 2001, the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is built upon the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier in 1914. The Visitor Center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest single national forest. Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, the film "Retreat and Renewal: Stories from Alaska's Chugach National Forest," interpretive services, and an Alaska Geographic bookstore are available to serve the public.

  • Fees: $5.00 for adults. Fee includes admission to film and exhibits. Children 15 and younger are free!
  • We honor Interagency Passes (Senior Pass, Access Pass, Annual Pass, Military Pass, and Golden Age/Access Passport)
  • Contact us:
  • (907) 783-2326 May-Sept
  • (907) 783-3242 Oct-April

The Glacier Ranger District Interpretive Program

The Glacier Ranger District's interpretation and conservation education programs could not be a success without the support of our many partnerships.

The hub of our interpretive services on the Glacier Ranger District is the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley. From May through September our staff multiplies as we prepare to forge connections between thousands of visitors and this awe-inspiring landscape.

Conservation Education Program

The Glacier Ranger District is home to the Portage Valley Learning Center; a multi-use classroom that serves as an extension of the visitor center. The PVLC has expanded the opportunities for our conservation education program, both in the summer and winter months. The Forest Ranger Academy is an exciting educational opportunity, which brings children from Anchorage and the surrounding communities to their National Forest.