Fodor's Expert Review Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve Park (National/State/Provincial)

Entirely north of the Arctic Circle, in the center of the Brooks Range, this 8.2 million acre park is the size of four Yellowstones. To the north lies a sampling of the Arctic foothills, with colorful tilted sediments and pale green tundra while mountains and tundra cup lovely, albeit buggy, lakes. This landscape, the ultimate wilderness, caught the attention of Arctic explorer and conservationist Robert Marshall in the 1930s. Accompanied by local residents, Marshall explored much of the region now included within Gates of the Artic. He gave names to many of its features, including Frigid Crag and Boreal Mountain, two peaks on either side of the North Fork Koyukuk River. These were the original "gates" for which the park is named. The park nourishes wildlife like barren-ground caribou, grizzlies, wolves, musk oxen, moose, Dall sheep, wolverines, and smaller mammals and birds. The communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass are access points for Gates of the Arctic, which has no developed... READ MORE

Entirely north of the Arctic Circle, in the center of the Brooks Range, this 8.2 million acre park is the size of four Yellowstones. To the north lies a sampling of the Arctic foothills, with colorful tilted sediments and pale green tundra while mountains and tundra cup lovely, albeit buggy, lakes. This landscape, the ultimate wilderness, caught the attention of Arctic explorer and conservationist Robert Marshall in the 1930s. Accompanied by local residents, Marshall explored much of the region now included within Gates of the Artic. He gave names to many of its features, including Frigid Crag and Boreal Mountain, two peaks on either side of the North Fork Koyukuk River. These were the original "gates" for which the park is named. The park nourishes wildlife like barren-ground caribou, grizzlies, wolves, musk oxen, moose, Dall sheep, wolverines, and smaller mammals and birds. The communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass are access points for Gates of the Arctic, which has no developed trails, campgrounds, or other visitor facilities (though there is a wilderness lodge on private land within the park). You can fly into Bettles commercially and charter an air taxi into the park or hike directly out of Anaktuvuk Pass. The Park Service has rangers stationed in both Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass; they can provide information for those entering the wilderness, including the mandatory orientation films and the bear-proof canisters necessary for food storage.

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Alaska  USA

907-692–5494-in Bettles

www.nps.gov/gaar

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