The Best Katmai Bear Viewing Day Trips In Alaska!

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Bear Viewing In Brooks Falls, Alaska

Katmai National Park and Preserve is located on the Alaska Peninsula, approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. It is the fourth largest national park in the United States, encompassing more than 4,000,000 acres. That means Katmai is larger than the entire state of Connecticut!

Katmai is also famous for its 2,000 resident brown bears. During the summer, the bears gather at locations like Brooks Falls to fish for salmon during the annual salmon run. Katmai bear tours are one of the most popular activities in the national park, with Katmai bear viewing day trips one of the hottest tickets for tourists visiting from Anchorage.

When Is The Best Time For Katmai Bear Tours?

The best time to plan a Katmai Brooks Falls tour is in July or September when the salmon swim up the Brooks River to their spawning grounds. During this time, bears are active near the falls, fishing for salmon in the Brooks River and entertaining thousands of curious visitors. When the salmon are not running, Katmai’s bears find food along the shoreline or at other locations in the park.

How Many Bears Can You See At Brooks Falls?

Katmai bear tours often focus on Brooks Falls, because bears are drawn to the easy fishing opportunities in the Brooks River! So, just how many bears can you see at Brooks Falls during a Katmai Brooks Falls tour? Up to 50 bears can be spotted along the river during peak salmon runs. Park rangers estimate that between 80 to 100 brown bears will gather in a small radius centered around the falls during the summer months. This makes Brooks Falls a veritable hub of bear-viewing activity!

The Best Way To Guarantee A Bear Sighting In Alaska

Majestic and primal, bears symbolize the rugged nature of the Alaskan backcountry. Seeing one in the wild is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, it should come as no surprise that bear viewing is one of the top activities listed on visitors’ bucket lists each year. Seeing a bear in the state’s massive and untamed wilderness is unlikely! What is the best way to guarantee a bear sighting during your trip?

The answer is simple! Book your Katmai bear viewing day trip with a reputable tour operator like Gondwana Ecotours! Reserving a spot with a guided tour increases your chances of seeing a bear in Alaska. A tour company’s expert guides know the prime places bears can be found! Katmai bear tours can also be combined with other quintessential Alaskan activities, to create the perfect vacation adventure for you.

The Best Katmai Bear Tours With Gondwana Ecotours

Most visitors venturing into Katmai National Park for the day come for the bears! Brooks Falls is famous for its brown bears, who spend the summer months feeding on salmon swimming upstream to the annual spawning grounds. You can visit Katmai in a day from Anchorage or Homer, then fly out again after your Katmai bear viewing day trip. Or, if you're looking to stay longer, book a room at Brooks Lodge for a multi-day bear-viewing experience. You can also opt for a lodge package that includes a visit to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

However, if you opt for a full-scale Alaskan adventure that includes a Katmai bear tour among other activities, make sure you book with Gondwana Ecotours! Gondwana Ecotours specializes in small group and private tours to exciting destinations around the world, like Alaska!  The company carefully creates unique itineraries that offer travelers a look at life off-the-beaten-path, wherever they visit.

Gondwana’s Glaziers and Grizzlies Adventure Tour features a stop at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, where visitors can watch the bears fish for salmon from one of four viewing platforms along the Brooks River. This trip offers visitors a full day of Katmai bear tours. In addition to Brooks Falls, the guided tour includes visits to other remote bear-viewing locations within the park. These locations include:

  • Hallo Bay
  • Chinitna Bay
  • Moraine Creek
  • Silver Salmon

But no matter where you go during your Katmai bear viewing day trip, the locations are all amazing!

What Else Can You Do On A Gondwana Tour?

Even though bear viewing may top your bucket list, there is so much to see and do in Alaska that you want to make sure you experience it all. With Gondwana Ecotours, you will! On the Grizzlies and Glaciers Adventure tour, you will search for moose, whales, sea otters, puffins, orcas, eagles, sea lions, and more in Seward, Katmai National Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park. Cruise, hike, kayak, drive, and fly through Alaska’s beautiful landscape on an adventure of a lifetime!

This vacation package includes:

  • Eight nights of premium hotel accommodation.
  • A chartered flight to visit bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve.
  • A helicopter ride to a glacier where you'll meet Alaskan mushers, and strap in for a thrilling dog sled ride across the ice’s surface!
  • All transportation in Anchorage, Homer, Seward, and the Kenai Peninsula.
  • Local guides.
  • A private Alaskan seafood boil at the lodge overlooking Resurrection Bay.
  • All tours and activities, including bear viewing with park rangers, a boat tour and kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, hiking tours, a tour of Exit Glacier, and more!
  • All of our meals during the trip.

Bears, Bears, And More Bears!

Katmai National Park is one of the best bear-viewing locations in Alaska! Tourists from all over the world visit the park for its famous Katmai bear tours at Brooks Falls. If you want to join in the adventure, contact a reputable tour operator like Gondwana Ecotours today. They can help you plan a bear-y exciting adventure in Alaska’s backwoods that is sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

Download all three Alaska tour brochures for tour dates and pricing.