Visiting Kenai Fjords, like most parts of Alaska, can challenge any traveler. We are remote, and much of the park is not easy to access. Commercial visitor service providers can often help with trip planning, transportation, equipment, and guides. As in all national parks, commercial service providers wishing to work in Kenai Fjords, must have a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) from the National Park Service before any guided activity or business can occur. Among other things, a CUA guarantees that the operator carries basic minimum insurance for clients and adheres to park regulations designed to protect park resources and your continued enjoyment of them.
A variety of free ranger-led hikes and talks at Exit Glacier are available daily during the summer. Consult this directory (regularly updated) to find outfitters, guides and other private businesses with permission to guide a wide variety of experiences in the park, including:
With so many different ways to experience the park, some companies are not required to have a CUA because they technically operate outside of park boundaries. These include tour boats in the fjords, water taxi services that drop kayakers below the mean high tide line, flightseeing companies that fly over the park but do not land in it, and shuttle or taxi service to Exit Glacier.
A visit to Alaska can be a once in a lifetime trip, and there are more experiences that it is possible to list, which can be found in the area surrounding Kenai Fjords. The Seward Chamber of Commerce or the Alaska Public Lands Information Center may be able to help with trip planning or ideas to help you have the most memorable visit possible.
Last updated: October 12, 2023