Learn About the Park

Katmai was declared a national monument in 1918 to preserve the living laboratory of the cataclysmic Novarupta-Katmai eruption, particularly the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Since then, Katmai has become significant for more than volcanoes. Read more about Katmai by exploring the links below.

female bear walking with two small spring cubs

Blog: What unique stories and events have park staff encountered? Read more in the Katmai Terrane Blog.


Bookstore: Alaska Geographic offers an extensive collection of titles on Katmai’s natural and cultural heritage.

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Downloads, Photos, and Publications: Look here for a variety of eBooks, maps, and photos about the park.

Ciqluaq (barabara) homes

Human History and Culture: For at least 9000 years, people have made Katmai their home.

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Junior Ranger Program: Become a Katmai Junior Ranger.
Not-So-Junior Ranger Program: Level up in this program designed for young adults and adults.

Ranger watches bear on beach

Management: Katmai is managed by National Park Service staff to preserve unimpaired its natural and cultural resources and values for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Bears play-fighting

Nature: Katmai’s wildlife and plants live in a wild landscape ruled by towering volcanoes, fierce weather, and a changing climate.

archeological excavation near Brooks Camp Visitor Center

Science and Research: Research conducted on lands managed by the National Park Service is valuable to park managers, educators, and the larger scientific community. Explore this link to read about the work of scientists and researchers from Katmai and our partners in science.


Social Media and News: Stay connected to Katmai for the latest updates.

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Webcams: Follow the lives of Brooks River brown bears anywhere with an internet connection. Katmai National Park and explore.org have partnered to bring the bears to you.

Last updated: April 20, 2022

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Contact Info

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PO Box 7
1000 Silver Street, Building 603

King Salmon, AK 99613


907 246-3305

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