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7. & 8. Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve




Oohla Valley NP and near the Preserve - courtesy of Tristan 2011


General - Gates of the Arctic National Park


Fly-In with charters out of Bettles and Kotzebue. Scheduled flight from Fairbanks to Bettles and from Anchorage and Fairbanks to Kotzebue and from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass for Flightseeing. Hike from Anaktuvuk Pass but would likely need to stay overnight at Anaktuvuk and limited lodging. VC with stamp at Bettles and Anaktuvuk. Charter landings from planes out of Bettles - Impressive Flightseeing over Arrigetch Peaks on a Bettles / Notak run. Two Preserve areas. One northeast and one south.


There are no designated hiking trails in Gates of the Arctic. Most is wilderness. It is probably possible to hike into the park from the Anaktuvuk Pass airport along the Continental Divide but there is no marked trail but a good possible future trail could be from the Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station up to the Continental Divide north of town and then northwest several miles to the NPS park boundary. (future club project?)


Maps - Gates of the Arctic National Park


Maps of the Gates of the Arctic are given on the NPS unigrid and at the Gates of the Arctic web site. The maps show the location of the two Preserve sections. One is in the Northeast and one in the southwest section of this large park. National Geographic Map for Gates of the Arctic for sale


Google Maps - Anaktuvuk Pass airport - Walker Lake (NP)




Note: The EN stamping stations at the Bettles Ranger Station and the Coldfoot Arctic Interagency VC on the Dalton Highway are not within the boundaries of the Park or Preserve units. However, a flight from Bettles to Anaktuvuk Pass can offer spectacular Flight seeing opportunities.


NPTC boundaries definition for Gates of the Arctic


"Anaktuvuk Pass is the only Visitor Center located within the designated National Park - although it is entirely surrounded by privately-held land within the National Park boundaries.  There are no visitor centers located within Gates of the Arctic National Preserve.  Both Fairbanks and Bettles are located outside the boundaries of both the Park and the Preserve.  Gates of the Arctic National Preserve consists of a North Unit and a South Unit, located in the far northeastern corner and far southeastern corners of Gates of the Arctic.  In general, you must fly-in to Gates of the Arctic NP&PRES, although the Dalton Highway does pass within 2.5 miles of the National Park boundaries." - NPTC



Air Taxis authorized by NPS - Gates of the Arctic National Park


Commercial Use Operators, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve


Air Taxis used by NPTC Members - Gates of the Arctic NP


Bettles Airport


Bettles Air Service


Brooks Range Aviation - phone 907-692-5444


Kotzebue bush plane airstrip


Golden Eagle Outfitters - phone 719 786-7373


Fairbanks Airport

North Alaska Tour Company


NPTC member Trip Reports - Gates of the Arctic NP


(Note: You must be registered at the NPTC web site as a guest or member to view the Member Trip Reports)


2016 Don Gardner  - North Alaska Tour Co. - Anaktuvuk Pass visit


2015 Jennifer Williams and Pat


2012 - Clark and Robin Carney (ccarney)


2011 - Tristan - Oohla Valley Park and & Preserve


2011 - Fred and Debbie


2010 - Ewe


2009 - Bruce and Letty - Gates of the Arctic and Continental Divide trail discussion


2007 - Bruce and Letty Johnson (BruceandLetty) and Anatuvuk Pass RS - Flickr Photos




General - Gates of the Arctic National Preserve


Fly-In with charters out of Bettles and Kotzebue. Scheduled flight from Fairbanks to Bettles and from Anchorage and Fairbanks to Kotzebue and from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass for Flightseeing. Hike from Anaktuvuk Pass but would likely need to stay overnight at Anaktuvuk and limited lodging. VC with stamp at Bettles and Anaktuvuk. Charter landings from planes out of Bettles - Impressive Flightseeing over Arrigetch Peaks on a Bettles / Noatak run. Two Preserve areas. One northeast and one south.


Float plane landings are common at Nutuvukti Lake in the Southwest near a Ranger cabin.


Peace of Selby Wilderness Lodge - Fishing, hiking, boating


There are no designated hiking trails in Gates of the Arctic. Most of the park designated as wilderness area. It is probably possible to hike into the park from the Anaktuvuk Pass airport along the Continental Divide but there is no marked trail but a good possible future trail could be from the Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station up to the Continental Divide north of town and then northwest several miles to the NPS park boundary. (future club project?)



Maps - Gates of the Arctic National Preserve


Maps of the Gates of the Arctic are given on the NPS unigrid and at the Gates of the Arctic web site. The maps show the location of the two Preserve sections. One is in the Northeast and one in the southwest section of this large park. National Geographic map for Gates of the Arctic for sale.


Google Maps -Anaktuvuk Pass airport



North Gates of the Arctic Preserve unit




As can be seen here while the Ranger Station at Anaktuvuk pass is enclosed within the boundaries of the National Park, but it is actually not on Federal land. The Ranger Station there is however an EN stamping location.


Google Maps - Nutuvukti Lake (NPres)


South Gates of the Arctic Preserve unit




Air Taxis authorized by NPS - Gates of the Arctic National Preserve


Commercial Use Operators, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve


Air Taxis used by NPTC Members - Gates of the Arctic NPres


Bettles Airport


Bettles Air Service - phone 907 479-7018


Brooks Range Aviation - phone 907-692-5444

Kotzebue bush plane airstrip


Golden Eagle Outfitters - phone 719 786-7373


NPTC member Trip Reports - Gates of the Arctic NP & Preserve


(Note: You must be registered at the NPTC web site as a guest or member to view the Member Trip Reports)


2015 Jennifer Williams and Pat


2014 - Bill Goldstein and family - 58 before 18 - some great photos


2011 - Fred and Debbie


2007 - Bruce and Letty Johnson (BruceandLetty) and Anatuvuk Pass RS - Flickr Photos



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