Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve


The granite and limestone crags of Alaska's Central Brooks Range, at the northern reaches of the Rocky Mountains, rise over 7,000 feet into the arctic sky. Lofty Boreal Mountain and Frigid Crags are the sentinels that give Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve its name. This park, located north of the Arctic Circle and encompassing over eight million acres, preserves the fragile arctic wilderness for generations to come. Approximately 10,000 visitors a year make it to the park and its ranger stations but less than a thousand actually enter to experience the solitude of its mountains, tundra, wild rivers and pristine lakes. Gates of the Arctic is a wilderness park with no developed facilities or trails. Most fly in from Fairbanks and Bettles, although the Dalton Highway passes close enough to grant access by hiking in. All travel requires careful planning and route selection. Anaktuvuk Pass, a Nunamiut Eskimo village located within the Gates of the Arctic, is a popular stop for flight-seers coming up from Fairbanks.What to see and do: Hardy backpackers and rafters find the rugged beauty of the Gates of the Arctic well worth its challenges. Visitors should know the techniques for minimum impact camping, river crossing safety, and camping in grizzly bear habitat. The few winter visitors try cross-country skiing and dogsledding with permit. Fishing is allowed with an Alaska fishing license, and all state regulations apply. Catch-and-release fishing is preferred. Sport hunting is allowed in the preserve areas with the proper license and under state regulations.Ranger stations are located at Coldfoot, Bettles, and Anaktuvuk Pass. The Marion Creek Ranger Station (907-678-2004) and Arctic Interagency Visitor Center (907-678-5209), a shared facility on the Dalton Highway near Coldfoot, is open weekdays all year long and sees the majority of visitors. The Bettles Ranger Station (907-692-5494) is open year-round, daily in summer, weekdays only the rest of the year. Backcountry orientation is available at the ranger stations. Visitors are asked to check in at or call the Bettles or Coldfoot stations before entering the Gates of the Arctic.Seasonal Alert: The Gates of the Arctic National Park is open all year, but freezing conditions may occur in any season, including summer. Visitors should be prepared for arctic conditions, and should be thoroughly prepared for and experienced in wilderness survival. Hypothermia is always a threat. All water must be treated. Bring insect repellent and mosquito netting if you are visiting during the summer months.


PO Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726


67.13247300, -150.51095800
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(907) 692-5494

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