Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

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Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

Alaska

(907) 692-5494

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Overview

Gates of the Arctic is one of the last truly wild places on earth. It is a remote wilderness area located above the Arctic Circle and far from any roads. Essentially untouched, it's an area of superlative natural beauty and exceptional scientific value with a maze of glaciated valleys and gaunt, rugged mountains covered with boreal forest and arctic tundra vegetation, cut by wild rivers, and inhabited by far-ranging populations of caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and bears (barren-ground grizzlies and black bears). The National Park Service is entrusted to manage this area to protect its physical resources and to maintain the intangible qualities of the wilderness and the opportunity it provides for people to learn and renew its values.

Map of Gates Of The Arctic

Latitude, Longitude: 67.035272, -151.260686

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Activities

  • Camping

    There are no designated campsites in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Camping usually takes place in conjunction with other recreational activities. Camping in the arctic requires planning, preparation and care in order to protect the visitor and the fragile arctic ecosystem.

  • Hiking

    Because there are no established trails, you must plan your route and use a map and compass, and / or GPS to navigate your way. Expect to move at a slower pace in the arctic. The dense vegetation, tussocks, boggy ground and frequent stream and river crossings significantly slow your progress. When planning your route keep in mind that a good day of backpacking in the Brooks Range may often be no more than 5-8 miles. Adjustable ski poles or hiking poles are very useful. You will find easiest walking above the tree line or in the streambeds, if the water level is low. When hiking, minimize damage to vegetation by limiting your group size to seven people maximum traveling in one direction/route. Seek out durable surfaces or game trails for hiking. Where no game trails exist, walk in a fan formation, rather than a straight line.

  • Hunting

    Sport hunting and trapping are permitted in Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, but not in Gates of the Arctic National Park. To hunt and trap in the preserve, you must have all required licenses and permits and follow all other state regulations.

Seasonality/Weather

The central Brooks Range has long, severe winters and relatively short summers. During the winter, long nights prevail, while the summer has thirty days of continuous sunlight. Visitors traveling in the park move through a variety of climatic zones and experience highly variable and unpredictable weather. Snow can fall during any month of the year.

Directions

Driving

It is not possible to drive into the park.

Flying

From Fairbanks proceed by air to one of the jump-off communities. Some popular entry points are Bettles, Coldfoot, Anaktuvuk Pass and Kotzebue; or by vehicle along the Dalton Highway Corridor. Commercial air service is available from Fairbanks to Bettles, Anaktuvuk Pass and Kotzebue. You will have to travel by air because there are no roads to these communities.

From Bettles, Coldfoot, and Kotzebue arrange to fly into the Park and Preserve with an air taxi service. Your destination in the Park and Preserve determines which community from which you will leave. Please call an air taxi service for specific price information.

From the Dalton Highway you can drive to Coldfoot and fly into the Park and Preserve via air charter. Those seeking a rugged wilderness journey on a limited budget can begin hiking directly off the highway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 692-5494

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