Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park is a land where ocean, ice, and mountain meets to form a spectacular and breathtaking landscape. The park is a land where the ice age lingers. Located at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, nearly 51 percent of the park is covered by ice, and nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, the park's iconic feature. These gigantic rivers of ice have shaped the terrain and are now shrinking to reveal dramatic fjords and valleys shaped by a long history of glaciation. Wildlife thrives in the lush forests and icy waters surrounding the park. Visitors will enjoy the stunning scenery and rich history that the park has to offer.
To learn more about Kenai Fjords National Park, visit www.nps.gov.
Hours of operation for the visitor centers vary by season. To see the current hours of operation as well as seasonal closures, visit the park's website.
- Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center: Open daily in the summer. Reduced hours and minimal services offered from September to May.
- Exit Glacier Nature Center: Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Fees & Passes
There is no entry fee for Kenai Fjords National Park.
Camping & Lodging
The campground at Exit Glacier has 12 site, walk-in, tent sites that are available on a first come, first served basis. There are no reservations or camping fees. The campground frequently fills by early evening in July and August. For more information on camping in the park, visit the park's website.
Two rustic, public use cabins, the Aialik Public Use Cabin and the Holgate Public Use Cabin, are available during the summer. These are coastal cabins, located in the greater Aialik Bay area. Access is by water only, as there is no road or trail to either cabin. The Willow Public Use Cabin, located in the Exit Glacier area, is available once the road to Exit Glacier is closed for the winter season, generally late fall through early April. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
Food & Drink
Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles
Kenai Fjords National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.
There are several companies that provide transportation between Seward and Exit Glacier. These are not guided tours, but provide access to the Exit Glacier area for travelers without a motor vehicle or bicycle, such as those arriving in Seward by train or ship. For more information on these shuttle services, click here.
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Maps & Guidebooks
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Kenai Fjords National Park Hiking
- 16 Miles 25 Kilometers of Trail
- 2 Recommended Routes
- 2 Gems
- 1 Easy Trail
- 6 Intermediate Trails
- 2 Difficult Trails
Areas Within Kenai Fjords National Park
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#1Exit Glacier Paved Path
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#2Harding Icefield Trail
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