List of Alaska National Parks

List of Alaska National Parks
Alaska truly is one of the last frontiers on Earth. Adventures await the traveler who comes to this incredible place where you can experience things not offered anywhere else in the world. Visiting one of Alaska's national parks is one of the best ways to discover this awe-inspiring place. Fill your days with exploration and unbelievable sights of natural beauty and wildlife. The National Park Service lists 19 different areas in the Alaska National Park Guide, any of which are exciting places to visit.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, located west of Juneau in the Inside Passage, can only be accessed by boat or plane. It is an area filled with amazing sights and activities for adventurers including ranger activities such as junior ranger programs, ranger-led tours and exhibits. There are other activities such as rafting, kayaking, mountaineering and backpacking. Charter boats and boat tours are available. The preserve area provides hunting, trapping and fishing. Goods and services at the park include a fuel dock, pump out station, camping and onsite lodge. The park is open daily year round, with limited winter services and no entrance fees. The visitor center is open from end of May to the beginning of September.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826
(907) 697- 2230
(907) 697- 2654 (fax)
(907) 697- 2627 (permit information)

Kenai Fjords National Park

Situated in the south-central part of Alaska near the town of Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park offers a look at the ice age. Things to do here include boat tours or kayaking in an isolated fjord, hiking or scenic flightseeing tours of Harding Icefield Trail. There are also numerous ranger-led tours (including a self-guided junior ranger program) and learning programs. Other activities available are fishing, mountaineering, hiking; winter activities include ice climbing, snowmobiling and dog-sled tours. Services include onsite camping, lodge (open summer), public use cabins, plus goods and services in Seward. The park is open daily year round with limited winter access to some areas and no entrance fees charged. Its visitor center is open from the end of May to beginning of September.

Kenai Fjords National Park
P.O. Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-7500
(907) 224-7505 (fax)

Gates of the Artic National Park and Preserve

Situated north of the Arctic Circle, this park offers endless arctic foothills, tundra and mountain ranges with no trails leading in. Stretching out farther than you can see and encompassing more than eight million acres with various climate areas and extreme changeable weather, including the possibility of snow at any time, this is a cutting-edge journey for true adventurers. There are no campgrounds, visitor facilities or developed trails and it is not recommended for small children. One highlight is the 6 Wild and Scenic Rivers, a boat tour that takes you on a wilderness experience. The park and preserve are open year round with various hours at five ranger stations and no fees are charged.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726
(907) 692-5494
(907) 692-5400 (fax)

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Nice easy flat trail that leads to beautiful red rocks.
Stunning hike but extremely steep and tiring! Bring plenty of water.