Misty Fjords National Monument

Published: July 6, 2016

Grandiose glaciers, wonderful waterfalls and chilling cliff walls. Deep blue water and white capped mountains. The unique rainforest characteristics, landscapes and natural colors of Southeast Alaska. An amazing assortment of the state’s wildlife traveling the air, land and waters. It can all be found in one place: the Misty Fjords National Monument.

Misty Fjords is a magical 2.3 million acre stretch of the iconic Inside Passage set in the expansive Tongass National Forest just 20 miles from Ketchikan. There are many opportunities to have your breath taken away, fill up your camera’s memory cards and go on adventures in this wild and wonderful place.

From glacier carved areas to quiet coves, the scenery alone is worth the visit. The animals are a big bonus with bears, eagles and killer whales headlining the lineup.

One of Misty Fjords National Monument’s most special features is its remoteness, which doesn’t make it easy to travel here. Most travelers arrive on a cruise ship, boat or on a flightseeing tour. Some stay a while to soak it all up, getting dropped off for world-class kayaking, a stay at one of the area’s lodges or Forest Service cabins, for a little hiking or to pitch a tent and camp in the wild.