Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve- Introduction

The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve was established in December 1980 and it is the second-largest park in the USA spread around 8,472,506 acres housing the northern tip of the Rocky Mountains, Endicott and the Schwatka Mountains.

Besides the gigantic mountains, the park is also prized with six amiable rivers known as the Alatna River, Kobuk River, Koyukuk River, Noatak River, Tinayguk River and John River.

This northernmost national park situated entirely north of the Arctic circle is the most isolated and very toilsome to reach as there are no roads in or out of the Gates of the Arctic. The only way to reach is by flights, foot, river or hiking. 

This Arctic tundra is home for moose, Dall sheep, barren-ground grizzlies, black bears, caribou and wolves. Birdwatchers will get a wonderland of more than 145 species of birds like loons, ptarmigan, raptors and grouse to see.

Best Time To Visit

June to August

From June to August, the temperature will be very cold and the rainfall will be limited. The summer will be short and cool.

Things to Carry

Following are the things can you can carry while exploring the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserves:


For the summer season wear comfortable shorts and T-Shirts. In winter wear long sleeves, jacket, and gloves and for rainy season carry a raincoat.

Precautionary Equipment

Don’t forget to carry a medical kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, compass, 2 litres of water and a map.

Camera and Binocular

Don’t forget to carry a binocular as you can have a closer look at the wonderful animals dwelling in the park even if you are standing away from them. Also, carry a camera to capture beautiful pictures.

Tips before Visiting

  • Before visiting, do keep in mind there are no roads, no established campsites, and no trails.
  • There is no network in the park.
  • You can view the park from the sky by going to an air taxi.
  • Don’t forget to bring lots of food with you.
  • Before exploring the park do take backcountry orientation form the rangers in the visitor centre.

Number of Visitors

Around 9591 number of tourists visited Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in 2018.