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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Location: Fairbanks, AK
Difficulty: Extremely difficult
Features: Rugged terrain, untouched wilderness,


This 8.4 million acre park has a lot of untouched and well preserved wilderness. In fact, it doesn’t have paved or rugged roads, established trails or formal campgrounds, dense vegetation, tussocks, boggy ground, and several stream and river crossings. This is a playground for hikers looking for extremely challenging terrains. Gates of the Arctic is home to jagged peaks of the Brooks Mountain Range, snow capped valleys, boreal forest, six Wild Rivers, and stretches of dry polar desert.


Top 3 Adventure Hacks

1) Aurora lights

Visit the park in winter to see aurora-lit night skies

2) Survival experience

For an enjoyable and safe experience, it is highly recommended to bring guides or have good hiking and survival background as the park. It’s advisable to prepare back up routes and exit plans in case of emergency. No reception in the area too

3) Extend your trip

You can extend your trip to the neighbouring park Kobuk Valley National Park by air taxi from the park

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