Fees and permits Unlike most other
national parks, there are no required fees or permits for entry into
Gates of the Arctic NP. Given the little information available about
the park and the extreme environment, it is advisable to talk to the
park rangers at one of the following offices prior to travel:
Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station, Anaktuvuk Pass, ☎ +1 907 661-3520.
The only station located within the park. Outside display is open
year-round; call for ranger station hours. Bettles Ranger
Station & Visitor Center, Bettles Field, ☎ +1 907 692-5495.
June-September: daily 8AM-5PM; October-May: M-F 8AM-midnight, 1-5PM.
Arctic Interagency Visitor Center, Coldfoot, ☎ +1 907 678-5209. Open
Memorial-Labor Day daily 10AM-10PM. In Coldfoot along the Dalton
Highway. Fairbanks Administrative Center, 4175 Geist Road,
Fairbanks, ☎ +1 907 457-5752. Open year-round, M-F 8AM-4:30PM. Main
NPS office for north/central Alaska.
Gates of the Arctic National Park is located near Fairbanks in
the Northern mountainous region Alaska in USA. Gates of the Arctic
National Park covers an area of 8,472,506 acres (34,287 km²). One of
the most prominent features in the park are picturesque peaks known
as Arrigetch Peaks. In the local Inupiat language it is translated
as fingers of the outstretched hand" due to its appearance. The best
time to visit the park is during warmer summer months of the year.
In other times of the year you might not make back. Roads are often
covered by feet of snow and make movement near impossible.
The name of the park dates from 1929, when the
wild areas activist, Bob Marshall, exploring the North Koyukuramal
River of the Koyukuk River, found a portal of mountains, one on each
side of the river (the Frigid cliffs and the Boreal mountain), which
he called as the "Gates of the Arctic". The area was first protected
by its declaration on December 1, 1978 as a national monument of the
United States, forming part of a group of 15 national monuments in
Alaska that Jimmy Carter, using the presidential prerogative,
proclaimed new national monuments, then that the Congress of the
United States had postponed a large purchase of land in that state
that had strong state opposition. Congress passed a revised version
in 1980 incorporating most of these national monuments into national
park and reserve areas. On December 2, 1980, the monument became
Gates of the Arctic national park and the area was later expanded by
the approval of a national reserve on December 2, 1987. A large part
of the park, 29,322 km², was also declared in 1980 as Wilderness
Area, an area adjacent to the Noatak Wilderness Area, which is the
largest wild area in the United States.