Natural Features & Ecosystems

Aialik Glacier
Kenai Fjords National Park - a place where mountains, ice and oceans meet.

NPS / Paige Calamari

Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 to "maintain unimpaired the scenic and environmental integrity of the Harding Icefield, its outflowing glaciers and coastal fjords and islands…" Within the enabling legislation lies the thrust of the park's natural features. This park is about ice and its legacy: glaciers, icefields and coastal fjords. The steady movement of glaciers shapes the shoreline. Intertidal and subtidal zones along the coast are fed by rich nutrient cycling in the Gulf of Alaska. As climate changes and glaciers recede, pioneer plants move in to prepare the land for the forests to come.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Phone:

(907) 422-0500
General park information. The phone is answered Monday - Friday (8am - 5pm), except holidays. During the summer, the visitor center is available every day.

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