The western Arctic caribou herd uses ancient migration routes through this area’s mountains.It offers no established trails or visitor facilities; solitude is listed as one of its many assets.The Park Service describes it as a “gaunt beauty” and “a place of profound quiet.” Self-sufficient outdoor enthusiasts who venture into this remote land 240 miles north of Fairbanks, are treated to Brooks Range peaks, six wild rivers and tundra (vast, flat and treeless land with permanently frozen subsoil).The park’s 92-mile road takes visitors into a place where the summer solstice brings 20 hours of daylight and the winter solstice yields less than five.
Visitors are encouraged to leave the territory as untouched as they found it. An indigenous community, Anaktuvuk Pass, lies within park boundaries, and traditional human subsistence uses of the land are allowed.
Also at home here are grizzly and black bears, moose, Dall sheep, wolverines, musk oxen and red foxes.
A mountain range at Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.
(National Park Service) “It seemed as if time had dropped away a million years and we were back in a primordial world.” — Robert Marshall, forester and wilderness activist, who coined the park’s name Visitors walk or fly into this northernmost park, which is as much sanctuary as it is vacationland.
(Cars are limited to the first 15 miles of paved road.) Popular walks include hiking to the kennels, where sled-dog demonstrations are staged.Scenes of the Sean Penn-directed “Into the Wild” were filmed here.