Kenai Fjords National Park Overview

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Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park (Rich Reid/National Geogrpaphic/Getty)
Kenai Fjords National Park

Established: 1980
Acreage: 669,983
Average Yearly Visitors: 253,000
Location: South-central Alaska, near Seward

Contact Details
Kenai Fjords National Park
P.O. Box 1727
Seward, Alaska 99664
Phone: 907-224-7500

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  • This rugged wilderness requires good physical condition, proper equipment, and reasonable precautions. If planning a backcountry trip without a guide, get current, specific information from park staff before starting out. To tackle the Harding Icefield, be prepared to face sudden storms, high winds, blinding sunlight, and extreme temperature changes.
  • The mile-deep fjords of the Kenai Peninsula are like cathedrals of rock and ice. Kayakers, fishermen, and wildlife watchers behold the powerful grace of orca, humpback, gray, and fin-tail whales. The antics of smaller marine mammals such as sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions provide comic relief.
  • From Exit Glacier Nature Center, several short trails lead to the foot of the glacier. The first mile of the main trail is paved and is wheelchair accessible. The pavement ends at a kiosk with benches and interpretive signs about area geology. At that point, you can continue along the main trail on a gravel path to the Glacier, or you can pass through the kiosk and follow the accessible trail to a panoramic viewpoint of Exit Glacier, the surrounding peaks, and the outwash stream.
  • Join Alaska Denali Tours and explore Alaska's scenic Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay by sea kayak. Kayak beneath towering glaciers, have whales and sea lions swim within arm's reach of your sea kayak, and observe one of the world's greatest displays of shore birds.

By Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver

Published: 28 Oct 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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