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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Bettles, Alaska 99726 USA

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Sat 12a-11:59p
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“discover ecosystems as they were thousands of years ago”

This vast landscape does not contain any roads or trails and is only accessible by bush plane or extremely long hike. Visitors discover intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years. Wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, caribou migrate along age-old trails, endless summer light fades into aurora-lit night skies of winter. It remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a U.S. National Park in Alaska. It is the northernmost national park in the U.S. (the entirety of the park lies north of the Arctic Circle) and the second largest at 13238 mi_ (39460 km_), about the same size as Switzerland. The park consists primarily of portions of the Brooks Range of mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, one of the finest wilderness areas in the world, straddles the Arctic Divide in the Brooks Range, America's northernmost chain of mountains. Second only to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in size, Gates of the Arctic covers 13,238 square miles, sprawls 800 miles from east to west and is entirely north of the Arctic Circle. It extends from the southern foothills of the Brooks Range, across the range's ragged peaks and down onto the North Slope. Most of the park is a maze of glaciated valleys and gaunt, rugged mountains covered with boreal forest or treeless slopes of Arctic tundra north of the divide. It is a habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou and wolverines. Fishing is considered superb for grayling and Arctic char in the clear streams and for lake trout in the larger, deeper lakes.

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June 03, 2015
Rated 5.0

The wolverines are always watching...

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Bettles, Alaska
99726 USA

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