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Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

In central Brooks Range, near Bettles, in the north

 

This park and preserve may be Alaska's ultimate wilderness park. The National Park Service manages this 8.4-million-acre park and preserve  and maintains the land's wild and undeveloped character. There are no roads, trails, or visitor services here. In this, the park system s northernmost park, visitors experience the natural world much as it was when wilderness advocate Robert Marshall visited it more than 60 years ago. The area was proclaimed a national monument in 1978 and established as a park and preserve in 1980.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Dogsledding, fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, mountain climbing, rafting, snowmobiling. Facilities: Ranger Station at Anaktuvuk Pass (periodically unstaffed, call to schedule appointment, see below). Visitor contact station (Bettles); interagency visitor center (June-Sept., Coldfoot). Book sales outlet (Bettles, Coldfoot). Programs & Events: Backcountry orientation and limited interpretive programs available at a park ranger station in Bettles. Interpretive programs (Bettles: by request; Coldfoot: June-Sept., daily). Tips & Hints: Plan to be self-sufficient in the park, where contact with other visitors is rare. Be knowledgeable about camping and hiking in bear country. Contact park staff in Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, or Coldfoot for updated information before going into the park or preserve. Bring plenty of insect repellent and head nets. Biting mosquitoes and gnats in summer can make a stay unbearable. Insect numbers decline by late Aug. Go May-Sept, to avoid snow. Winter temperatures (Oct.-Mar.) usually are subzero and can drop to as low as -60°F. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Oct.-Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: Backcountry camping only (orientation required for camping in the park).  Hotels: In the park: Peace of Selby (Manley Hot Springs, tel. 907/672-3206; 1 lodge, 4 cabins; $300 lodge, $150 cabins). In Bettles: Sourdough Outfitters Lodge (6 Hickel Hwy., tel. 907/692-5252; 3 cabins, 2 apartments; $80 cabins, $100 apartments).  Restaurants: None in park. In Bettles: Sourdough Outfitters Cafe (6 Hickel Hwy., tel. 907/692-5252; $9-$20).  Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Bettles: Sourdough Outfitters Store (6 Hickel Hwy., tel. 907/ 692-5252).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Alaska state fishing, hunting, or trapping licenses required. Commercial guide required for nonresidents hunting in preserves for certain species of wildlife. Hunting in preserve areas only No motorized vehicles. Pets must be under control at all times. No rest rooms. Park and preserve open daily. Visitor center in Bettles open daily 8-5; in Coldfoot, May-Sept., daily 8-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The park and preserve are accessible on foot, by small aircraft, or by boat. Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass, 160 mi and 240 mi north of Fairbanks, are nearest to the center of the park. Neither has road access. Scheduled air service from Fairbanks is available daily. Coldfoot, which provides access to the east section of the park and preserve, is 250 mi north of Fairbanks via the Elliot and Dalton highways.

 

CONTACTS

National Park Service (Box 26030, Bettles, AK 99726, tel. 907/692-5494). Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station (tel. 907/661-3520). City of Bettles (General Delivery, Bettles, AK 99726, tel. 907/ 692-5191).

 

Gates of the Arctic National Park. How to get by car to the Gates of the Arctic National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Gates of the Arctic National Park