• Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls

    Katmai

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park and preserve are open year-round. At Brooks Camp, National Park Service and concessioner services are offered from June 1 through September 17. Prime bear viewing months at Brooks Camp are July and September, although a few bears may be in the area at any time between late May and December.

Bear viewing in coastal areas is possible during June through August. Click here for a table for best bear viewing time periods. Backcountry activities are best during June through September.

Did You Know?

Ash from this volcanic eruption fell 1500 miles away in Seattle

In 1912, explosions from the Novarupta-Katmai eruption were heard as far away as Juneau and Fairbanks. About 1500 miles away (2400 km) Seattle, WA was dusted by ash.