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Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park






Description of Gates of the Arctic National Park

Location: Fairbanks   Map

Area: 8,472,506 acres (34,287 km²)

Official site

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.






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