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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

Things To Know Before You Come

Dining

Food service is not available within the park. There are several dining options within walking distance, and many more just a short drive away.

Lodging

Sitka National Historical Park is a day-use area located in downtown Sitka. There are a several lodging options within walking distance, and many more just a short drive away including campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.

Weather

Sitka experiences a temperate maritime climate, characterized by heavy precipitation and a small temperature range between seasons. Summer temperatures range from high 50s to high 60s F with frequent rain. Winter is rainy and snowy with temperatures from the high teens to the 40s F. Well prepared visitors will have rain gear and layered clothing at any time of year.

Pets

Pets are allowed on the park trails and grounds of Sitka National Historical Park. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Only service animals are allowed in all buildings.

Bear Safety

Encounters with brown bears are unlikely at Sitka National Historical Park, but preparing to visit the park should include some basic bear safety knowledge.

To avoid encountering a bear, sing or talk aloud to yourself while hiking. The noise will indicate your presence to a bear and prevent a surprise meeting. Carry EPA certified bear spray if you are trained to use it, and hike in groups for increased security. Bears are most active at dawn and dusk, and their presence can be indicated by scat or tracks on the trail. Here are some tips if you are to encounter a brown bear near Sitka National Historical Park:

Remain calm and do not run away. Running will trigger a predatory instinct within the bear and make it more likely to attack. Brown bears can run faster than 30 miles per hour and can climb. If the bear has not seen you, give it plenty of room and back away slowly. If the bear spots you from a distance, make your presence known by talking, yelling, and waving your arms. A standing bear is not always a sign of aggression; often it will stand out of curiosity. If the bear charges or attacks, play dead. Lie motionless face down on the ground with your hands protecting your neck, and remain silent. Once the bear backs off, remain quiet and still for as long as possible in case the bear is still observing.

Did You Know?

Map of Alaska and the continental United States

With 570,374 square miles, Alaska is twice the size of Texas and 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States. It stretches 2,400 miles east-to-west and 1,420 miles north-to-south.