Plan your Visit to
Kenai Fjords National Park
A Park for the Adventurous Spirit
We as humans are naturally curious about the world we live in and there is no better way to experience it than getting up close and personal with the areas that maintain their natural beauty through conservation projects such as the national park registry. National parks come in a wide variety of different locations as well as attractions, but Kenai Fjords National Park is truly spectacular because it is a park primarily comprised of ice. Kenai Fjords National park was a park of the United Sates conservation initiative called Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980.
When to go
June – July – August – September
Hiking – Kayaking – Boating – Stunning Vistas – Fishing – Family – Day Trip – Wildlife – Bird-Watching
No trip to any national park would be complete without taking advantage of seeing the area’s beloved animals. Most national park trips will enable you to see an elk, deer, or many birds of varying species, but when you visit a vast wilderness such as Alaska you will be able to some truly awe inspiring animals that many only get the chance to see within the confines of a zoo or aquarium. Kenai Fjords National Park is home to black bears, humpback whales, killer wales, moose, and seals. While within the park you are encouraged to look at the animals however any approach to touch or feed the animals is strictly forbidden for fear of getting hurt by the animal or hurting the animal by interrupting their natural way of life.
Harding Ice Field Trail
There are few places that you get the opportunity to walk around on ice much less have an entire hiking trip on ice, but here at Kenai Fjords National Park you are not only encouraged to hike on the ice, but Harding Ice Field Trail is mapped out for you. Hikers to this part of the park are encouraged to bring ample supplies and pace themselves according to what their body can handle. The trail itself can be quite exhausting for even a seasoned hiker because you gain approximately 1000 feet of elevation with each mile that you walk. That type of hiking excursion is not only hard on the muscles, but can also make breathing effectively an issue.
You may believe that since you are hiking on ice that you can simply drink the water coming from that area and therefore have no need to bring your own, but as beautiful and relatively clean as the water may be within Kenai Fjords National Park there is the chance that you may pick up a parasite called Giardia. The parasite is relatively harmless and will not cause anything more than abdomen discomfort, but bringing along a filter or your own water supply will keep that particular creature from impacting your trip.
The number of ice burgs within the world may be many when you account for polar caps, but there are actually very few places where you can get up close to the glacier itself and really grasp the impact that a moving glacier can have on the environment around it. Kenai Fjords National Park offers guests this rare opportunity with Exit Glacier. The great thing about Exit Glacier is that you do not have to hike miles to get there. It is accessible by road and the network of trails that lead to different areas of the glacier give visitors the opportunity to see Exit Glacier from all angles without having to be a hiking expert.
Things to Know
When visiting Kenai Fjords National Park there are things that you will want to consider. There are no fees at the park for entry so visiting can be a very cost effective option. Camping is encouraged as well and can be done through a back-country excursion as well as a limited space campground at Exit Glacier. Another option that may be enticing to those who want to experience the serene atmosphere of the park at night, but do not want to be out in the wilderness is the 3 public use cabins within the park. As you would imagine, these cabins fill up fast so reservations need to be made well in advance.
Many national parks offer plenty of areas that visitors can get rid of their trash on the trails, but Kenai Fjords National Park is not one of them. Since there is a high concentration of wild animals that may be foraging for food, park rangers do not want to encourage them to eat human food by rummaging through trash bins. Therefore, visitors are required to take all trash out with them from the trails and leave no trace when they are camping. Kenai Fjords National Park is a beautiful park and is lovingly maintained by the park staff. Remember to stick to the trails, avoid contact with animals, and most important, enjoy the natural beauty of the park.
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Download a Kenai Fjords National Park Map
Planning a trip to Kenai Fjords National Park? Be sure to download the official Kenai Fjords National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Kenai Fjords National Park. This free Kenai Fjords National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
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