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Cape Krusenstern National Monument
In northwestern Alaska, near Kotzebue
Archaeological sites along a succession of 114 lateral beach ridges illustrate every known Eskimo cultural period in Alaska over 4,000 years. Older sites are located inland along the foothills. The monument includes a representative example of the Arctic coastline along the Chukchi Sea. The monument was proclaimed on December 1, 1978.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Backpacking, beach walking, bird-watching, hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing. Facilities: Park Headquarters (Kotzebue), Innaigvik Education and Information Center. Tips & Hints: Be prepared to be self-sufficient. Rugged terrain is subject to high winds, rain, and snow. Guard against hypothermia, giardiasis, wild animals, mosquitoes, and biting flies. Don't interfere with subsistence camps, fishnets, or other equipment. Respect property and privacy. Go in summer for wildflowers and migrating birds. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Sept.-Nov.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: Backcountry camping only. Hotels: None in park. In Kotzebue: Nullagvik Hotel (308 Shore Ave., tel. 907/442-3331; 73 rooms; $125-$ 149). Restaurants: None in park. In Kotzebue: Kotzebue Pizza House (543 Bison St., tel. 907/442-3432; $5-$15). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Kotzebue: Hansons Eagle Quality Center (305 Front St., tel. 907/442-3101).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Reservations recommended for most visitor services from commercial vendors. Open daily. Park Headquarters (Kotzebue) open weekdays 8-5. Kotzebue Public Lands Information Center hours mid-May-mid-Sept., daily 8-6.
HOW TO GET THERE
Accessible by plane from Fairbanks or Anchorage to Kotzebue; scheduled flights available from Kotzebue to the villages of Noatak, Kivalina, Shungnak, Ambler, Kobuk, Kiana, and Noorvik; summer access to and through the monument via motorized and nonmotorized watercraft and aircraft and on foot; air taxis and snowmobiles can be used in winter.
Cape Krusenstern National Monument (Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, tel. 907/442-3890). Western Arctic National Parkland (Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, tel. 800/478-7252).
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