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Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great trip. We saw a wolf that ran in front of our bus for several miles. The bear everyone calls Holly and her cubs and one large mail. Lunch was good. The hike for me was not that bad but could be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Pamela Q
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We were lucky enough to visit the Valley in a group of 8 and on a sunny day. The vistas went on forever. The fireweed was red and much of it had "smoke" at the top. It is well worth the money and the time...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank I13JAmarym
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Highlight of this trip was a wolf that ran in front of our tour bus for 4 miles and then a giant bear that blocked the road for 5 minutes! The hike was beautiful and lunch was decent. The hike was moderate for me but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lisa s
Reviewed September 28, 2017

Challenging walk but it is worth it. Views and lava flows are outstanding. You can see for miles in every directions.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank jettag1950
Reviewed September 2, 2017

Very difficult hike for the mature crowd whose members are not familiar with uphill ventures. A serpentine 1.25 hour bus ride traversing the river 3 times, leads one to the Ranger station. Begin the downward path, easily marked, tends to leave your knees slightly achy...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank bill s
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Took the tour while staying at Brooks Lodge. An absolutely amazing view of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century (30x greater than Mt. St. Helens). The tour is a one hour ride along a truly single lane road through the wilderness and fording...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank rickj359
Reviewed July 31, 2017

Although the valley no longer smokes it's still an amazing spot. Seeing the layers of ash that fell and hardened as a result of the Novarupta Volcano in 1912 was incredible. We got to the Griggs Visitor Center via the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank fewsl
Reviewed July 30, 2017

Loved this place. Try to do the hiker yourself and visit both spots. I plan on coming back and doing a few days to try to reach the crater. It is a really awesome place. Hike back up is a bit tough, bring water down...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank 1909_Chris
Reviewed July 22, 2017

A well narrated bus ride over a gravel road with brown bears plentiful at the start of the trip. VTTS is an amazing lunar landscape over ancient rock layers, but the trip was cancelled one day while we were there because the bears were plentiful...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Traveler_from_Alaska
Reviewed June 7, 2017

We did a day tour from katmai via bus to this valley. Then we walked down to the valley floor, was interesting, but since we only had 4 nights in Katmai NP, I would have preferred more time with the bears.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank rdsat
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Response from fewsl | Reviewed this property |
We got back between 3 and 4.