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Arctic Treks. Guided wilderness hikes and backpacking expeditions, sometimes combined with river trips and bird watching, are available in both Gates of the Arctic and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This well-respected and highly-experienced tour operator also offers trips (all depart from Fairbanks) within Noatak National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. AK. 907/455–6502. www.arctictreksadventures.com.
Alaska Alpine Adventures–Gates of the Arctic. In the experienced hands of this award-winning, year-round adventure outfitter, your outdoor options are many: hiking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, multisport, and even family wilderness trips. They have been showing off the best the Gates of the Arctic has to offer since 1999 and offer five- and 10-day excursions into the park each summer. Adventure tours in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, Aniakshak, and Katmai National Park are also available. AK. 877/525–2577. www.alaskaalpineadventures.com.