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Ketchikan Black Bear Express Tour

Excursion Overview

Come bear spotting amongst the towering Tongass Rainforest!

Amongst the lumbering trees of the Tongass National Forest lies an Alaskan Rainforest Sanctuary. Depart downtown Ketchikan on your quest for bear spotting as the sanctuary is a local hot spot for wildlife. Navigate the forest trails and boardwalk system for an eagle's eye view of your surroundings.

Coming to Alaska in search of bear sightings, this excursion is just that. The Black Bear Express is focused on bears and bears only. Depart downtown Ketchikan for a roundtrip scenic drive to the Alaska Rainforest trailhead.

Enjoy your stroll in the Alaskan wilderness in search of one of Alaska's most magnificent creatures. Bask in the sights and smells of the towering Tongass National Rainforest on this two hour roundtrip adventure.

Please note that this tour only operates late July through September.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Rain ponchos (if needed)


  • Minimum age:12 years old
  • 1/2 mile walk on over relatively flat terrain. The focus of the tour will be on viewing the black bear in their natural habitat. (Difficulty Level: Easy)
  • Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and waterproof jackets are recommended

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 20 minutes - narrated scenic tour to Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 5 minutes - safety briefing and restroom break
  • 1.25 hours - guided rainforest trail walk
  • 20 minutes - transfer to the cruise ship pier

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility and wheelchair accessible. Guests should have a traveling companion to assist with pushing the wheelchair during the tour. If this is not an option, let us know to make other arrangements. Please leave a comment during checkout to confirm adequate space in transportation if a wheelchair will be brought on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will have a guide who is knowledgeable about the wildlife that inhabit the rainforest, and it is extremely likely that you will see bears but not guaranteed. You may also see whales, salmon streams, and bald eagles on your way to the bear viewing falls.

This is a limited-use area. The minimum age is 12 years and above.

We recommend wearing clothes that can be layered. A lightweight shirt, sweater, and jacket will allow you to adapt to varying temperatures. Comfortable waterproof hiking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. Also, pack a hat and sunglasses.


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Duration: 2 hours

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Duration: 2 hours

Adult (12+): $200.00

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