Beautiful Totem Bight State Park and Rainforest Walking Tour

4.2 (7)
Ketchikan, US
4.2 (7)
Ketchikan, US
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Totem Bight State Park and the lush Tongass National Rainforest with Ketchikan Native Tours. This locally owned and operated sightseeing tour company offers an intimate group experience, taking a maximum of 11 passengers on each tour. Explore the rich Native cultures and learn about the history of the totem poles that call this place home. Begin your adventure with a short tour through historic Ketchikan before heading to the Ward Creek Nature Area for a brisk walk on one of the many trails. Marvel at the stunning scenery and listen to the knowledgeable guides share stories and insights about the local vegetation and environment. The tour concludes at Totem Bight State Park, where you will be immersed in the beauty of the totem poles and the history of the people who created them. Let Ketchikan Native Tours show you the wonders of their island with this unforgettable walking tour.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-11 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Small group tour of 11 passengers
  • Scenic drive and walk in Ward Creek Nature Area
  • Visit to Totem Bight State Park
  • Insightful stories and history of totem poles
  • Transportation to and from cruise ship docks
  • Snacks
  • All fees and taxes

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Welcome to the Beautiful Totem Bight State Park and Rainforest Walking Tour! Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Tongass National Rainforest with Ketchikan Native Tours, a locally owned and operated sightseeing tour company. With an emphasis on traditional Native cultures, this small group experience ensures an intimate and immersive journey through this enchanting rainforest.

What to expect?

Join us for a captivating two-hour private tour that will leave you breathless. Begin your adventure with a short tour through historic Ketchikan, soaking in the rich heritage of this charming town. Then, embark on a scenic drive to the Ward Creek Nature Area, where you'll have the opportunity to explore one of the many picturesque walking trails. Marvel at the diverse vegetation and learn fascinating insights about the local environment from our knowledgeable guides. Every tour is unique, as you never know what extraordinary sights await! Next, prepare to be awestruck at Totem Bight State Park, home to some of the most magnificent totem poles on the island. Our dedicated guides will share captivating stories and the rich history behind these remarkable cultural artifacts, giving you a deeper understanding of the people who once called this place home.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for nature enthusiasts, cultural explorers, and anyone seeking an authentic and immersive experience. Whether you're a history buff, a lover of breathtaking scenery, or simply curious about the indigenous cultures of Southeast Alaska, this tour is perfect for you. Our small group size of 11 passengers ensures an intimate and personalized experience, allowing you to truly connect with the surroundings.

Why book this?

Embark on this unforgettable adventure to experience the untouched beauty of the Tongass National Rainforest. Unlike larger tour groups, Ketchikan Native Tours offers a unique, small group experience with a maximum of 11 passengers, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this enchanting destination. Our local guides, who are passionate community members, offer invaluable insights into the rich Native cultures and history, making this tour a truly authentic experience. Forget about waiting and haggling - we provide hassle-free transportation to and from the cruise ship docks, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey.

Good to know

Please meet us at the famous monument "The Rock" next to the Ketchikan Visitors Center, where our conveniently marked Ketchikan Native Tours Van will be waiting for you. Prepare yourself for a moderate walk on the trails, so wearing comfortable shoes is recommended. Don't forget your camera to capture the breathtaking landscapes and totem poles! The total duration of the tour is 120 minutes, providing ample time to absorb the beauty of the rainforest.


Customers have raved about the Beautiful Totem Bight State Park and Rainforest Walking Tour, praising the knowledgeable and friendly guides who brought the totem poles and rainforest to life. Many guests were captivated by the stunning scenery and fascinating stories shared during the tour. Overall, visitors found this experience to be an enriching and unforgettable journey that allowed them to truly connect with the natural and cultural wonders of Southeast Alaska.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Totem Bight State Park


Totem Bight State Historical Park

City Park of Ketchikan

Ward Cove



4.2 (7)


Thank you so much for the amazing time Sharon! I really enjoyed learning about the Totem's in Totem Bight and their connection to your family. I also loved all the pearls of ancestral wisdom sprinkled throughout the tour such as fearing the land otter, knowing to be more cautious of bears when the skunk cabbage is out, and all the insights of new learning about the historical practices of carving, preserving and returning the Totem's to the Earth. Your patience as our group would stop and talk and share, allowing us time for visiting and then picking up where you left off before we left helped me really enjoy my short visit - the pacing felt perfect. Loved the rich stories and learning of the cultural practices such as how the ceremonial house was used and that the family walked behind the Matriach - love it! This trip has been powerfully healing to me. If I were to capture a headline for this trip, it came from Sharon. "Finding my grandmother's voice," she shared, was a concept meaning really finding that deep connection to your roots, to who you are, discovering your inner wisdom. Wow. So powerful, and to return to my childhood home, so many memories - some good, some bad, so fortunate to have spent my extremely brief visit with Sharon. Her warmth, passion for learning and teaching about her culture really shines through. Sharon has such a wealth of knowledge about the Native culture, plants, wildlife and the Ocean. Sharon is a true Alaskan gem, one of the wise leaders among the indigenous Natives of Ketchikan, taking great pride and joy in teaching the culture as a way of preserving and protecting their history and cultural practices. Along with the wisdom from her elders, she shares new insights from what they are learning now about the history and restoration of these magnificent totems. I could listen to her share all day long! Thank you so much for making this trip so special Sharon!


Kevin was amazing. We learned so much about the area and customs. The views were beautiful. I would highly recommend this tour. It was the best one we have during our stay in Alaska.


Seeing the totem poles and receiving expert information on their history was very useful. The sights were beautiful and the walk through the rainforest wonderful. Ketchikan background was excellent. The tour guide was top notch in showing us the best sights and was very knowledgeable and engaging.


Tour guide never showed up. He finally returned my phone call and said Viator never booked my tour. Viator is refunding my money but the real loss is the few hours I was in Ketchikan and not able to do a tour. Next time I'll use the cruise ship tours.


If you want to get back to nature, this is a wonderful trip and I would definitely recommend. The weather was lovely and so it was fantastic walking through the rainforest and the guide vocalising the history on such a sunny day. Bight park has lots of original totem poles and you receive all the history including their life span, very interesting. You can do a lot of walking, however I fell within the public community building hence for me it put a bit of a downer on it (hurt my leg and knee). This is something the whole family can do if you like being one with nature 😍


We had a little hiccup at beginning but quickly rectified with a private tour as we were the only ones.


I really enjoyed this tour. The walk was very easy and the totem poles were beautiful. I really enjoyed this tour and would do it again.
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