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21 mi 34 km of trail 2 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 2 Trails Intermediate Trails 3 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

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.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
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.

Visiting Tips

Kenai Fjords National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The best months to visit are June, July, and August. There are reduced services in the area during the months of May and September. Additionally, the road to the Exit Glacier Area is not plowed during the winter and is closed to vehicles once snow begins falling. The park's coastal backcountry is also inaccessible late fall through early spring due to rough seas.

Fees & Passes
There is no entry fee for Kenai Fjords National Park.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
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.

Lodging:
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

There are no dining services located in the park, but visitors can choose from a full range of restaurants and grocery stores in the nearby town of Seward.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
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.

Shuttles
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.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

Whether taking a boat tour, kayaking to a remote fjord, hiking to the top of Harding Icefield, or getting a glimpse of the impressive landscape by flight seeing, visitors to Kenai Fjords National Park are sure to enjoy various ways of exploring the park. For those looking for other outdoor activities in the area, check out the opportunities for mountain biking at Cooper Landing or rock climbing and ice climbing around the Kenai Peninsula.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a park brochure to help plan your visit, click here.

Areas Within Kenai Fjords National Park

Gems in Kenai Fjords National Park - 2

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gem Favorite There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.

Harding Icefield Overlook

(13) Bear Creek, AK
gem Favorite Like a sick person's tongue!

Toe of the Glacier

(1) Bear Creek, AK

Featured Hikes in Kenai Fjords National Park - 2

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Favorite There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.
Intermediate/Difficult

Harding Icefield Out and Back

8.3 mi 13.4 km • Out and Back • 3,073 ft Ascent 936.77 m Ascent

(30) Bear Creek, AK
Favorite Exit Glacier Lookout is a great place to take some time to yourself and enjoy your surroundings.
Intermediate

Edge of the Glacier Trail

1.9 mi 3.1 km • Loop • 471 ft Ascent 143.44 m Ascent

(5) Bear Creek, AK

Trails in Kenai Fjords National Park - 3

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16.1 mi 25.9 km #1Resurrection River Trail #319
Intermediate/Difficult
Bear Creek, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
16.1 mi 25.9 km Bear Creek, AK
3.8 mi 6.1 km #2Harding Icefield Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bear Creek, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.1 km Bear Creek, AK
0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Exit Glacier Paved Path
Easy/Intermediate
Bear Creek, AK
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Bear Creek, AK

Photos of Kenai Fjords National Park - 24

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There are opportunities to explore the end of the trail, especially as the snow levels recede. Take the opportunity to take in the different views, even if it means taking one of the small trails that fan out at the top.
Aug 17, 2019 near Bear Creek, AK
Northwestern Glacier
Sep 27, 2017 near Seward, AK
Harding Ice Field, Seward, Alaska.
Jul 20, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
Exit Glacier from Harding Ice Field Trail
Sep 2, 2018 near Bear Creek, AK
As you approach the end of the trail, the Harding Icefield spreads out before you. It is an awesome sight to see the source of over 40 glaciers.
Aug 17, 2019 near Bear Creek, AK
Exit Glacier/Harding Ice Field, Seward, AK
Jul 20, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
Exit Glacier/Harding Ice Field, Seward, AK
Jul 20, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
Harding Ice Field Trail, Kenai Fjords.
Apr 19, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK

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