Gates of the Arctic National Park

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Established in 1980
8,472,506 acres
Visitation (2007) 10,924

 Untouched and untamed, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is one of the few true wilderness areas that remain to be discovered.

Backcountry campers will be challenged by the rugged, unmarked terrain, where even animal trails can be hard to find. Whether you fly in via bush plane, or hike from Dalton Highway or Anaktuyuk Pass, you’ll need to plan your stay carefully and pack everything you expect to need for a stay above the Arctic Circle.

In return, you’ll be rewarded with scenic panoramas of the lake, flowing streams, and the Brooks Mountain Range. In warm months, flowers blanket the valleys and the midnight sun attracts dozens of migratory bird species. Hike and camp, or travel by water, stopping for short day hikes.

There are few places on earth that have changed so little through the millennia. Gates of the Arctic is one of those places.