8 x 8 Argo Backcountry Tour

If you are looking to explore the Alaska backcountry by land, we have a trip designed just for you! Destination Alaska purchased five brand new Argo Conquest 950 Outfitters. We chose this type of vehicle specifically for their light foot print and impact on the environment.  The lbs. per Sq/Ft on tracks is one of the lightest in the industry.  These 8x8 amphibious tracked vehicles will take you places that other machines simply cannot go. Let’s get started! Your trip begins at our Beluga Lake office at 9:00 a.m. where we’ll size everyone up for waterproof hip boots. Yes…. it’s going to be that kind of adventure! At the office, we’ll complete some paperwork, give you a brief description of the day, and go over some trail maps to plan our route of travel. Now, load up and follow us out to the trailhead at the end of Kachemak Bay. The drive out East End road has some of the best views in the state. Mountains, glaciers, an old forest fire area, and alpine meadows are just a few of the things you’ll see on this journey. Once we arrive at the launch site, we’ll have a short driving lesson and safety brief and we’re off! You’ll spend the next several hours navigating through the swamps and forests searching for moose and other wildlife that call this part of the woods home. Fantastic views are an added bonus as we make our way out to Matthew's Mountain. Once at the peak we’ll take a break and have a hearty lunch. Nothing builds an appetite like fresh air and driving through mud. After lunch, we’ll explore even more backcountry as we make our way back the landing. Are you up for the challenge?

- Meet at Beluga Lake - 9:00 a.m.
- Size for hip boots and last-minute check on necessary supplies and gear
- Shuttle leaves at 9:30 a.m. for the trailhead
- Safety brief and driving instructions
- Depart the trailhead at 10:30 a.m.
- Arrive at Matthew's Mountain at 12:30 p.m.
- Lunch from 12:30 to 1:15 P.m.
- Explore back to the parking area
- Return to Beluga Lake 4:30 p.m.

Trip Price = $1565 per Argo (up to 3 people) 

  • (includes taxes, park fees, fuel surcharge) 
  • *3% processing fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Wire transfers and checks accepted.


Is this a guided trip?
Yes. Each trip will have at least one guide.

How many people can go on this trip?
Each Argo can take four guests for a total of 14 plus 2 guides.

Will we get stuck in the mud?
It is rare that these vehicles get stuck but each Argo is equipped with a 4000 lb winch so it’s not a problem.

Do these vehicles actually float?
Yes. They are fully amphibious.

Will I get to drive my own Argo? Everyone will get a chance to drive an argo. Argo assignments will depend on how many people are registered and group dynamics. We will rotate drivers throughout the day, allowing everyone to navigate the backcountry.

Do you provide lunch or do we bring our own?
Boxed lunches are available for purchase ($20/lunch box, inlcudes sandwich, bottled water, chips and a cookie)

What else is provided?
We provide waterproof hip boots for each of our guests.

What do we need to bring?
We recommend a hat, sunscreen, gloves, and rain gear.

Do I need a license to drive these?
No license is required.

Are they hard to drive and is it safe?
Argos are built like small tanks and are very easy to drive. Yes, they are safe. We will have a training session and safety brief prior to the trip.

What is the minimum age to drive your Argos?
16 years of age.

Is there a minimum group size?
Yes...we need to put together a group of 6.

Are tips for the guide included?
No…gratuities for the guides are greatly appreciated.

How long is the trip?
Out to the lake and back takes roughly 5 hours.