As the variable reviews will tell you, bear viewing is more rewarding during the salmon run. Though the salmon were curiously missing during our trip out to Brooks Falls, the bears were nonetheless in and out of the river, catching what they could. The viewing platforms were crowded (we went in the first week of July), and park rangers played maitre d', cycling visitors on and off the platform so everybody got a good look. We still felt like we got a quality experience, and the chance to see bears *very* close, that we could not have had elsewhere.
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