Katmai National Park

Year Established: 1918
Annual Visitors: 24,800
Size: 4.09 Million Acres
State: Alaska

Best Time to Visit Katmai National Park

June to September

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Best Experiences in Katmai National Park

  • See the brown bears at Brooks Falls
  • Backpack Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

A Brief History

Katmai National Park and Preserve is in the southern part of Alaska. It is on a peninsula. It has tundra, forests, lakes, and mountains, all of which are wild places. People go to the park to see the many brown bears that come to Brooks Falls to eat the salmon. Nearby Brooks Camp has platforms where you can see the bears up close. A huge volcanic eruption made lava flows and ash in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

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Visitor Information


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

America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass

You can also get an annual park pass to ALL National Parks in the United States for $80.
Keep in mind they have Senior, Military, and other discounts available!

Contacting Gates of the Katmai National Park

Phone Number

(907) 246-4250

Visitor Centers

King Salmon Visitor Center

King Salmon Visitor Center is right next to the King Salmon Airport. It tells people about the many federal public lands in Southwest Alaska, especially in the Bristol Bay area. There are a lot of movies to watch, and an Alaska Geographic bookstore that you can find park maps, charts, videos, posters, clothing, and other cool things from.


1 King Salmon Airport Rd,
King Salmon, AK 99613

Phone Number

(907) 246-4250

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Monday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. This visitor center is typically closed from September 6 to February 28.

Brooks Camp Visitor Center

The Brooks Camp Visitor Center is where everyone starts when they go to Brooks Camp. It is open from June 1 to the end of September. A park ranger will be on duty to give information, check people into campgrounds, give mandatory talks on bear safety and behavior, and help people plan trips into the backcountry. The Alaska Geographic Association (AGA) has a bookstore with books, maps, and other items about Katmai.


Along the shore of Naknek Lake in the heart of Katmai

Phone Number

(907) 246-3305

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Monday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. This visitor center is typically closed for Winter from October 1 to May 31.

Robert F. Griggs Visitor Center

The Ukak Falls Trail starts at the Robert F. Griggs Visitor Center, which has a great view of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The posted hours are estimates because the visitor center is only open when rangers lead tours of Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.


23 miles from Brooks Camp on the only road within Katmai.

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Monday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Tuesday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Wednesday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Thursday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Friday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
  • Saturday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. This visitor center is typically closed for Winter from September 18 to June 6.