Basic Information

411 Washington Street
Seward, AK 99664

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside the town of Seward in south-central Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Even though the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Follow the Seward Highway (AK-1) south from Anchorage. It will become AK-9 around mile 35 (87 miles from Anchorage)with AK-1 heading to Homer and Kenai. Continue on AK-9 to Seward.

Open Year-Round

The park is open year-round. The primary months to visit are June, July, and August. There are reduced services in the area during the months of May and September. The road to the Exit Glacier area is not plowed during the winter months, and is closed to vehicle traffic once it is covered in snow and ice. The park's coastal backcountry in also inaccessible late fall through the early spring due to rough seas.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

The weather Kenai Fjords is difficult to predict and can change rapidly. The area generally enjoys a relatively temperate maritime climate, primarily due to the influence of the Japanese current that flows through the Gulf of Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid 40s to the low 70s (Fahrenheit). Overcast and cool rainy days are frequent. Winter temperatures can range from the low 30s to -20.

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fee - $0.00

No entrance fees are charged at Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center

The main park visitor center is located in the Seward small boat harbor and is open daily during the summer season. The visitor center is closed during the winter months. The visitor center provides opportunities to view the new park film, as well as "Waves Over Seward". It also includes an Alaska Geographic bookstore, and park rangers to help answer questions about the area.

Exit Glacier Nature Center

The Exit Glacier Nature Center is open daily during the summer season. It is closed during the winter. The nature center is the trailhead for all that the Exit Glacier area has to offer, including the Harding Icefield trail. The building includes exhibits about the Exit Glacier area, an Alaska Geographic bookstore, and park rangers to help answer questions about the area.

 
 
Advance planning is extremely helpful for visiting Kenai Fjords National Park since some activities may require outfitters/guides, and reservations are a great idea when planning a boat tour of the fjords.

To ensure an enjoyable experience in this unpredictable environment it's very important to take safety precautions and be prepared for the weather.
 
The view from the street of the Kenai Fjords Information Center.

NPS Photo

Visitor Centers
Stop by either of the park's two visitor centers for help with planning your visit.

At the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, visitors can view the park film, talk with a ranger or get information about boat tours of the park.

The Exit Glacier Nature Center includes interactive exhibits, a three-dimensional relief map of the park, as well as rangers to help you with hikes or programs of the Exit Glacier Area.

 
A park ranger holds pictures of two local birds.

NPS / Don Stanko

Ranger Programs

Join a park ranger for an informative ranger program.

Check out our Calendar to see what's happening during your visit.

 
A trail sign at the Exit Glacier Area

NPS / Kaitlin Thoresen

Exit Glacier Area
Hike the trails of the Exit Glacier Area, and see Exit Glacier up close!

Challenge yourself on the Harding Icefield Trail.

Stay in the park's campground at the Exit Glacier Area.

Last updated: April 12, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Phone:

(907) 422-0500

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