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Whether you're preparing for your upcoming Alaska adventure or just want to learn more about the last frontier, we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of useful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips, to nature quizzes and travel stories to inspire your wanderlust. The links below open each article in a new tab.
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FAQs | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

FAQs | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

Discover our most frequently asked questions about Katmai, Alaska's coastal grizzlies, lodges, transportation, weather and more.
Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

There is an astounding array of wildlife you can encounter on a trip to Alaska, including coastal brown bears, whales, eagles and so much more!
When to Go—The Ebbs and Flows of Grizzly Bear Season

When to Go—The Ebbs and Flows of Grizzly Bear Season

Learn about the "ebbs and flows" of grizzly bear migration patterns in Katmai, gleaned from more than a decade of operating brown bear trips in Alaska.  
A Closer Look at the Natural
Habitat Ursus

A Closer Look at the Natural
Habitat Ursus

Learn more about the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus—the ideal vessel for exploring the Katmai coast and viewing Alaska’s giant brown bears at exceptionally close range.
Alaskan Wilderness Trivia

Alaskan Wilderness Trivia

Take our Alaska wilderness quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with friends to see who knows the most about the last frontier!
Alaska Weather | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

Alaska Weather | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

Find out what the typical weather conditions in Katmai National Park in this month by month breakdown of average temperatures and precipitation.
Alaska Packing List | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

Alaska Packing List | Great Alaskan Grizzly Itinerary

Browse our helpful packing guidelines, which contain gear and clothing recommendations for an encounter with Katmai's coastal grizzlies during the months June through September.
Travel Stories & Articles
When Is the Best Time to Go to Alaska to See Grizzly Bears?

When Is the Best Time to Go to Alaska to See Grizzly Bears?

—By Emily Goodheart Kautz
An excursion into Katmai National Park and Preserve varies widely from one month to the next due to...
Traveler Story: Surrounded by Bears in Alaska

Traveler Story: Surrounded by Bears in Alaska

—By Bob & Norma Schafer
A mother grizzly bear and her two cubs were walking about 5 feet in front of our line of travelers in Katmai National Park, Alaska. There was a small...
The Coastal Grizzlies of Alaska: A Photo Journal

The Coastal Grizzlies of Alaska: A Photo Journal

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Having the opportunity to spend time with Alaska’s big brown bears is one of the most authentic wildlife experiences any...
Traveler Story: Grizzly Bear Drama in Katmai

Traveler Story: Grizzly Bear Drama in Katmai

—By Mary Glaser
I had so many fond memories from our trip to Katmai National Park, but one of my favorite stories was when we went...
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