We are lucky to visit areas that are home to lots of wildlife, including one of our favorites – the bears! It is not uncommon to see black bears from all of the lodges and areas we visit. Black bears are the smallest of the North American bears and are often seen searching for berries and fish. You might spot one while rafting down the banks of the Kenai River, foraging along the river’s edge. Or, maybe you’ll see one at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, across Pedersen Lagoon, searching for a tasty treat. It’s always a good idea to keep your binoculars handy!
Brown bears are larger than black bears and also inhabit the areas we visit. A great place to try and see them is from the famed Denali Park Road and in Denali National Park. The famed bear viewing at Brooks Falls boasts the largest population of brown bears in the world, and the bears can often be viewed fishing along the mile and a half long Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Many visitors see bears within minutes of arrival from the safety of viewing platforms. A bear-viewing adventure at Brooks Falls can be added to any Alaska Wildland trip.