Current Conditions



Latest Covid-19 Update

Kenai Peninsula and Burrough, which includes Kenai Fjords National Park, is in LOW community level transmission. Therefore, wearing a mask in federal buildings at Kenai Fjords National Park is not required.

In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

Mask requirements vary by park based on CDC's COVID-19 Community Level tool. Additional details are available at

Facility Updates

Both our Visitor Center by the Seward Small boat Harbor and Exit Glacier Nature Center are closed for the season.

Park Information and Current Conditions

Kenai Fjords National Park is open year-round; however, the road to Exit Glacier is closed to cars for the winter months and much of the spring. Snow at higher elevations on the Harding Icefield trail can persist into mid-summer. It is always a good idea to check on current conditions before setting out.

This site is updated regularly to reflect the latest conditions, as is the Recorded Information Line at 907-422-0573. If needed, contact the park headquarters directly at (907) 422-0500, during normal business hours.


Road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road):

The Herman Leirer Road is CLOSED to automobile traffic.

The Exit Glacier Area is currently OPEN to snowmachine (snowmobile) use. Refer to the Exit Glacier Developed Area map and regulations for details on snowmachine boundaries in the Exit Glacier Area.

Note: During the summer when the road is open there is limited parking at Exit Glacier, especially during the hours of 10:30 am - 3:30pm. Please consider the hours you come, carpooling, bicycling, or taking a shuttle or taxi, when you plan your trip.
Image of Exit Glacier with closed area highlighted
For your safety, please obey all posted signs and avoid the ice fall hazard area. NPS Photo
Note: An ice fall hazard zone has been identified at the toe and sides of Exit Glacier, due to tall blocks and slabs of ice, as well as ice caves. For your safety, entry into this zone is prohibited. Please do not continue past ice fall hazard zone signs.
An aerial view of Exit Glacier leading to the Outwash Plain.  There is red and yellow superimposed on the image.  The red is for the closure area of the Exit Glacier Canyon, and the Yellow is for the closure by the Exit Glacier Toe.
The Exit Glacier canyon emergency closure

NPS Photo

Note: A closure is in place from the toe of Exit Glacier to the end of the canyon where Exit Creek opens into the Outwash Plain. The canyon is susceptible to unpredictable glacier outburst flooding events which can produce sudden surges of water combined with large ice chunks, rock, and other debris.

Because glacier outbursts are caused by the hydrology within the glacier, not prevailing weather conditions, a glacier outburst can happen at any time. Visitors accessing the Outwash Plain should be aware that water levels may rise quickly. Outburst flood waters often carry large amounts of ice, rock, and other debris. The entire Outwash Plain is susceptible to flooding. Please be aware of your surroundings and seek high ground immediately if water levels begin to rise.


Trail Conditions

The Harding Icefield Trail

Current Harding Icefield Trail (HIT) Conditions
  • HIT conditions are not monitored for visitor use during winter.
  • Avalanche danger is a risk unless otherwise noted in HIT Condition updates.
Tips for planning your HIT hike
  • Trekking poles are highly recommended.
  • On sunny days, hikers should bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen.
  • Trails are open to foot traffic only. No bikes or pets.
  • This is a long and strenuous hike and proper preparation is important. Trail and weather conditions can change over the course of a day. Be prepared, and make sure to have food and water, extra clothes, sturdy footwear, and rain gear.
  • Hikers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions, including wet, mud, rain/snow and rockfall.

Trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center:

All trails near the Exit Glacier Nature Center are open.

  • Trails are open to foot traffic only, no bikes or pets.

Trail Safety

Be bear aware

  • Carry bear spray
  • Talk loudly
  • Hike in groups
  • Do not surprise a bear

Dogs and other pets are not permitted past the Exit Glacier parking lot

  • Dogs and other pets are prohibited on trails at all times
  • Dogs and other pets may add to the stress of bears or other wildlife

If you see a bear

  • Back away
  • Give it lots of space
  • Don't get between a sow and cubs
  • Plan to wait if there is a bear near the trail - You are no longer in a hurry!

Alaska 511

Alaska's Department of Transportation website will continuously update the driving conditions on the state's highways. The Seward Highway (AK-9) is the only road that provides access to Kenai Fjords National Park.


Last updated: January 18, 2024

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PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664


907 422-0500

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