Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

Introduction

The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is an unusually remote park, located on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska. The preserve is a remnant of the land bridge that connected Asia with North America more than 13,000 years ago. The majority of this land bridge, once thousands of miles wide, now lies beneath the waters of the Chukchi and Bering seas.

During the glacial epoch this byway was part of a migration path for people, animals and plants whenever ocean levels fell enough to expose the land bridge. Archeologists agree that this Bering Land Bridge, also called Beringia, was the access road that first brought humans from Asia to populate the Americas. The preserve's western boundary lies 42 miles from the Bering Strait, the fishing boundary between the United States and Russia. The Bering Land Bridge Preserve was designated a national monument in 1978, and a national preserve two years later.