- The park includes one of the four major ice caps in the United States, the 300-square-mile Harding Icefield and coastal fjords. Here a rich, varied rain forest is home to tens of thousands of breeding birds and adjoining marine waters support a multitude of sea lions, sea otters, and seals. The visitor center is in Seward, ten miles from the park.
Recreation - The two major sites within Kenai Fjords National Park are the main visitor center, located on Seward's small boat harbor and the Exit Glacier Ranger Station. Exit Glacier is the only portion of the park accessible by trail. An easy half mile walk will take you to the glacier's terminus. The first quarter mile of this trail is completely accessible. A steeper trail continues across moraines and bedrock. Visitors may return to the Ranger Station via a nature trail. The three-mile Harding Icefield trail, which follows the glacier's flank to an overlook of the icefield, is for day use only. Overnight backpacking is prohibited. Check bulletin boards for current trail conditions. Regularly scheduled tours, guided walks and educational programs are conducted by park rangers at major sites in season.
Exit Glacier has ten walk-in summer camping sites. Three back country cabins for summer visits along the park's coastline are located in the fjords of Holgate Arm, Aialik Bay, and North Arm. The cabins are accessible by boat, kayak or small plane. In winter, a public use cabin is available at Exit Glacier. Cabin stays are limited to three days. Visitors must obtain reservations and permits in advance. Seward provides full tourist services, including campgrounds.
Climate - Overcast and cool days are frequent in this maritime climate of abundant rain. May is the driest month; successive months see increasing precipitation. Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid-40s to low 70s (F). The wet, stormy fall begins in September. Wool or synthetic clothing and sturdy rain gear - pants, coat and hat - are essential.
The Kenai Fjords National Park lies on the south central coast of Alaska. It is located south and west of Seward, Alaska, and 130 road miles south of Anchorage, on the Seward Highway.