Current Conditions




Kenai Fjords National Park is open year-round; however, the road to Exit Glacier is closed to cars for the winter months and much of the spring. Snow at higher elevations on the Harding Icefield trail can persist into mid-summer. It is always a good idea to check on current conditions before setting out.

This site is updated regularly to reflect the latest conditions, as is the Recorded Information Line at 907-422-0573. If needed, contact the park headquarters directly at (907) 422-0500, during normal business hours.
Road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road):
The Herman Leirer Road is OPEN to vehicle traffic to the Exit Glacier Nature Center.
Updated 5/24/16:
The road to Exit Glacier is open to the Exit Glacier Nature Center. The road is free of snow and ice. The Exit Glacier Nature Center is currently open for the season.

During the Summer of 2016:
As part of a flood mitigation project, road construction will be taking place throughout the summer.
  • Construction will be on Herman Leirer Rd between the Resurrection River bridge (mile 7) and the Exit Glacier parking lot.
  • When single lane closures occur, delays will be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Most construction will take place between the hours of 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  • Please plan accordingly and anticipate delays when traveling to Exit Glacier.
Harding Icefield Trail:
The trail is OPEN.
  • Trail is largely clear of snow. There is still some patchy snow after the Top of the Cliffs to the end of the trail. Please be careful, and stay on the trail in order to protect delicate plant species.
  • Summer route is flagged to the End of the Trail (mile 4.1). Anything beyond the flags is not part of the official trail. Please follow the flags and avoid social trails to help protect fragile vegetation.
  • For about 1/2 mile above the Top of The Cliffs, there is potential for rockfall please be aware and pay attention when traveling this section.
  • This is a long and strenuous hike and proper preparation is important. Trail and weather conditions can change over the course of a day. Be prepared, and make sure to have food and water, extra clothes, sturdy footwear, and rain gear.
  • Hikers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions, including wet, mud, rain/snow and rockfall.
  • Harding Icefield Trail - map
  • (updated 7/15/16)
Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:
All trails are OPEN.

Alaska 511:
Alaska's Department of Transportation website will continuously update the driving conditions on the state's highways. The Seward Highway (AK-9) is the only road that provides access to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664


(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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