Happy Birthday Novarupta!
Katmai National Monument was created in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline.
Live: Brooks Camp Bearcams
What's for dinner? Salmon of course! Watch Brooks Camp's iconic brown bears as they fatten up on salmon for the long winter.Read More
Brooks Camp is the most popular bear viewing location in the park. Click here for more information about planning your visit.Read More
A Wilderness Untouched?
For at least the last 9,000 years—before the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and before Brooks Camp was a haven for bears—Katmai was a home for people.Read More
Read all about Katmai! Download (PDF, 4.96 MB) the latest edition of the Katmai newspaper, The Novarupta.Read More
Did You Know?
Because of lack of visitation and facilities in its early years due to its remoteness, Katmai National Monument remained without park service development until 1950. Today, that same remoteness makes Katmai a premiere Wilderness park with its undeveloped primeval landscape.