Kobuk Valley National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park

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Kobuk Valley National Park


(907) 442-3890

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The Kobuk Valley National Park holds many of nature's gems, including caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, and Onion Portage. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path for people and wildlife. For 9000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues. The park's 1.7 million acres sit in a semi-enclosed bowl about 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Get ready to fish, camp, hike and enjoy the wildlife. Kobuk Valley National Park is an unforgettable wilderness experience.

Map of Kobuk Valley

Latitude, Longitude: 67.218636, -160.169920



  • Boating

    Floating the 350- mile Kobuk River is a great way to experience the park.

  • Camping

    There are no campgrounds established here. Camping is allowed throughout the park.

  • Fishing

    Anglers are required to follow Alaska state regulations. Only local residents are allowed to hunt in the national park. All hunters are required to follow federal regulations.

  • Hiking

    Summer hikes in the Baird Mountains are popular, especially along ridgelines where walking is easier than on the lower level tundra.

  • Water Sports

    Boating opportunities abound.

  • Winter Sports

    With winter arctic survival skills and personal equipment, snow machining, skiing and dog mushing is possible.


Kobuk Valley National Park is open year around. The headquarters office and visitor center are located at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue. Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the park from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54° F, although some days in July may get up to 100° F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time.



Kobuk Valley National Park is a remote area. There are no roads that provide access.


Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Nome and Kotzebue. From either location, visitors may fly with various air taxi operators. There are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to specific park areas. Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. Winter access may include snowmobiles, aircraft or by foot.

Small planes may be chartered from Kotzebue or Bettles to land in the national park, or to fly over the area for a view of the river and mountains.

Phone Numbers


(907) 442-3890