Cape Krusenstern National Monument

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Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Alaska

(907) 442-3890

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Overview

Cape Krusenstern National Monument is a treeless coastal plain dotted with sizable lagoons and backed by gently rolling limestone hills. North of the Arctic Circle, the Monument stretches 70 miles along the Chukchi Sea shoreline. Beach ridges provide evidence of 5000 years of human activity. Inupiat people continue to use the resources today. Vast wetlands provide food, water, and shelter for migratory birds. Hikers and boaters can see carpets of tundra wildflowers and sometimes musk oxen, moose, or caribou.

Map of Cape Krusenstern

Latitude, Longitude: 67.047172, -162.980017

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Fishing opportunities aboud at Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Please follow local regulatory policies.

  • Hiking

    There are no roads, trails, campgrounds or regularly attended ranger stations in Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Summer hikes are possible along the many miles of beach. Private land lines much of the coast, so please detour around areas that show any signs of ownership. A hike in the hills provides a spectacular view of tundra landforms, the Chukchi Sea, and possibly muskoxen. Be prepared for the spongy tundra to slow your hiking speed.

  • Water Sports

    Kayaking is possible during the summer months on several large lagoons.

  • Winter Sports

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

Seasonality/Weather

Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. (Note: traveling by foot in the summer would be an arduous, roundabout journey.) Options for winter access include snowmobile, aircraft, or foot. Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the monument from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54° F, although some days in July may get up to 80° F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time. From June to September, the Monument is open Monday - Saturday. From October - May, it is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Directions

Flying

Commercial airlines provide daily service from Fairbanks or Anchorage, to Kotzebue. Chartered flights with licensed air taxi services, booked in advance, can take backcountry travelers to remote destinations within the monument.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 442-3890

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