The Bush Sights

Kobuk Valley National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Fodor's Review

Lying entirely north of the Arctic Circle, along the southern edge of the Brooks Range, this park's 1.14 million acres contain remarkable inland deserts. Human occupation here dates back 12,500 years to a time when Asia and North America were still connected by the Bering Land Bridge, and the region is rich in archaeological history. Herds of caribou that fed the Woodland Eskimo centuries ago are still hunted at Onion Portage by present-day Native residents of the region.

Like most other remote Alaska parks, Kobuk Valley National Park is undeveloped wilderness with no visitor facilities. If you come prepared, it can be a good place for backpacking and river trips. In nearby Kotzebue the National Park Service has a visitor center where staff can provide tips for travel into the park. The villages of Kobuk and Kiana both provide immediate take-off points and have air service.

Sight Information


, Alaska, USA


907-442–3890-Northwest Arctic Heritage Center



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