Welcome to Katmai National Park, a rugged wilderness sanctuary in the heart of Alaska where families can discover the untamed beauty of the Last Frontier. With its towering volcanoes, pristine rivers, and abundant wildlife, Katmai offers families a unique opportunity to connect with nature and embark on unforgettable adventures together. Here are eight reasons why Katmai is the perfect destination for families:

Brooks Falls: Begin your journey at Brooks Falls, one of the most iconic bear viewing spots in the world. Watch in awe as brown bears gather at the falls to catch spawning salmon, providing a thrilling wildlife viewing experience for visitors of all ages.

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: Explore the otherworldly landscape of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a volcanic wonderland created by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta. Hike the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Trail to discover steaming fumaroles, ash-covered valleys, and jagged lava formations.

Alagnak Wild River: Embark on a wilderness adventure along the Alagnak Wild River, one of the most pristine and unspoiled rivers in Alaska. Paddle through scenic landscapes, fish for salmon, and spot bald eagles, otters, and other wildlife along the way.

Hallo Bay: Visit Hallo Bay, a remote coastal area known for its stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. Take a guided bear viewing tour to observe brown bears in their natural habitat and explore the rugged coastline and tidal flats.

Mount Katmai: Summit Mount Katmai, a dormant stratovolcano located within the park. Hike to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes below.

Brooks Camp Visitor Center: Learn about the natural and cultural history of Katmai at the Brooks Camp Visitor Center. Explore interactive exhibits, attend ranger-led programs, and discover the park’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife.

Hiking Trails: Discover the park’s network of hiking trails, which range from easy nature walks to challenging backcountry treks. Explore pristine wilderness areas, alpine meadows, and remote valleys as you traverse the rugged terrain of Katmai.

Junior Ranger Program: Engage the whole family in Katmai’s Junior Ranger Program, where kids can learn about bear safety, volcano science, and wilderness conservation through fun and interactive activities. Upon completion, they’ll receive a badge and a sense of pride in protecting this wild and remote wilderness.

With its rugged landscapes, abundant wildlife, and opportunities for adventure and exploration, Katmai National Park offers families a chance to connect with nature and create memories that will last a lifetime. Pack your sense of adventure, binoculars, and bear spray, and prepare for an unforgettable journey into the wilds of Alaska.


We woke up at 7:00 am to catch our 9:00 am flight out of Lake Clark. We packed our bags and we were ready to begin our next adventure to Katmai National Park. However, the weather was poor (extreme fog and light rain) and our flight was delayed. Therefore, we took advantage of the time together by playing a friendly game of Scrabble. Winston won! He got a huge lead with a second round bingo of 85 points. …

Canceled July 24, 2014