Kobuk Valley National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park of northwestern Alaska is home for Caribou, the Kobuk River, Sand Dunes, Onion Portage, wetlands, and mountains.

The park of Northwest Arctic Borough is spread over 1,750,716 acres of land and is near to Kotzebue city.

Onion Portage is the most attractive place as harvesting of caribou is done there, Whereas the Sand Dunes of the park are the largest active dune field in North America.

Camping is a sure shot activity to do to experience the beauty of the valley.

The valley is also home for back bears, lynxes, wolves, Alaskan moose, and caribou.

Best Time To Visit

June to October

Summer is the best time to visit the Kobuk Valley national park. Mid-June to late July is best for getting mesmerized by the beauty of the wildflowers. In August you will get to see the yellow aspens and red tundra. It is also the moth of seeing the migration of Caribou.

Things to carry

Following are the things that are required to be carried for visiting the Kobuk Valley national park.


Wear layered clothing. Even if the weather department says the day is going to be sunny, there will be chances of it become cold suddenly.

Mosquito repellent and Insect repellent

In July, protect yourself from mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent and an insect repellent will be essential in late August.


Carry tent, firm rope, fuel, cable ties, sleeping bags, duct tape, a camp stove, a knife, and flashlights. 

Along with the above things, do carry water, first aid box, comfortable shoes, whistle, map, GPS, and extra batteries.

Please don’t litter and keep the environment clean.

Go for an incredible ancient tour to Petrified Forest National Forest.

Tips before Visiting

  • The valley has no roads, the only way to reach the park is by floatplane from Nome, by foot, by dogsled, or by snowmobile.
  • The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue conducts community programs for everyone. You will get to learn about the history of the park. You will also get to participate in interesting workshops. You can also get to see a series of Arctic Circle every Wednesday at 7 P.M.
  • There are various activities conducted for children at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center.
  • Call 907-442-3890 to know regarding the opening and closing hours of the visitor center.
  • Recreational activities require permit.

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