Katmai National Park

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Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, is best known for its brown bears and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe bears in their natural habitat.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Alaska
Area: 4,093,077 acres (16,564.09 sq km) – 4th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Dennison – 7,606 ft (2318.31 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea Level
Date Established: December 2, 1980
Annual Visitors: 33,908 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: King Salmon, Alaska

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Katmai National Park

Katmai is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Katmai National Park.

  1. Watching brown bears at Brooks Falls
  2. Fly fishing in the park’s rivers and streams
  3. Joining ranger-led interpretive programs
  4. Flightseeing tours for aerial views of the park
  5. Exploring the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Katmai National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Katmai National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Katmai National Park

After hiking and exploring Katmai National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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