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Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is located in Alaska's Brooks Range.

Includes: National Monument, National Park and Preserve, Wilderness Area, and Biosphere Reserve.

P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726


Hours of Operation: The Park and Preserve are open year round. It is best to call the offices prior to arrival to confirm current operational hours. Fairbanks Headquarters are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Holidays. By establishing Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska's Brooks Range, Congress has reserved a vast and essentially untouched area of superlative natural beauty and exceptional scientific value with a maze of glaciated valleys.

Area (acres): N/A

Getting There: Scheduled air taxis from Fairbanks serve Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, and Coldfoot. Charter flights may also be arranged. Bush charters are available from Bettles and Coldfoot into the park and preserve boundaries. There are no roads in the park, although the Dalton Highway comes within about 5 miles of the park's eastern boundary. Visitors are reminded there are no facilities within Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve and they should be fully self-sufficient and flexible at all times.

Weather: The central Brooks Range has long, severe winters and relatively short, cool summers. The entire region receives continuous sunlight during the summer for at least 30 days. Conversely, winter visitors will experience long cold periods of darkness.

Accessibility: There are no roads or established trails within the Gates of the Arctic. Hikers should practice "Leave No Trace" techniques, be aware of backcountry safety guidelines, and remain aware of the fragile ecosystems and private lands within the park.

Things to do at Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve

  • Backpacking
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountaineering
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing

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