Size: 607,805 Acres

Year Established: 1980

Annual Visitors: 412,000

Firearms Information in Kenai Fjords National Park

To the extent permitted by federal, state, and local legislation, visitors to Kenai Fjords National Park may carry guns.

Before visiting the park, guests are responsible for familiarizing themselves with and abiding by all local, state, and federal firearms regulations.
None of the federal buildings allow firearms.

Hunting in Kenai Fjords National Park

It is illegal to hunt or use firearms anywhere in Kenai Fjords national park.

Additional Information About Kenai Fjords National Park

The many fjords carved out by retreating glaciers from the Harding Icefield inspired the park’s moniker. There are few places in the United States with as much ice as this one. The largest of the approximately 38 glaciers that originate here is Bear Glacier.

As the oceans rise and the land sinks, glacial valleys have become fjords. Exit Glacier, located at the very end of the park’s lone road, is a popular destination. Anywhere else in the park can be accessible by boat, plane, or foot.

On December 1, 1978, President Jimmy Carter used the Antiquities Act to designate Kenai Fjords as the first national monument in the United States. This was done as a stopgap measure until the definitive law concerning the distribution of Alaska’s public lands could be passed.

Following the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, the area was designated as a national park. The park serves to preserve both the highly indented coastline and the icefield, a narrow strip of forested land between the mountain ranges and the sea. The park is home to a wide variety of creatures from both land and water, including black bears, moose, humpback whales, killer whales, sea otters, and harbor seals

Best Time to Visit Kenai Fjords National Park

The best time to visit Kenai Fjords National Parks is between the months of June to August.

Visitor Fees

No fees or registration are needed to get into the park.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center


1212 4th Ave,
Seward, AK 99664

Phone Numbers

(907) 422-0535

(907) 459-3730

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 AM–6:30 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. This visitor center is typically closed in Winter from September 6 to May 27.

Exit Glacier Nature Center


24620 Herman Leirer Rd,
Seward, AK 99664

Phone Number

(907) 422-0535

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. This visitor center is typically closed in Winter from September 6 to May 27.