Gates of the Arctic National Park   4 comments

Gates of the Arctic NP 00Where Is It: It’s the northernmost Park in the US: it’s entirely north of the Arctic Circle. There are no roads to get there; you either have to take an air taxi or walk.

The Birth: From Wikipedia:

Proposals for a national park in the Brooks  Range first emerged in the 1960s, and in 1968 a National Park Service survey team recommended the establishment of a 4,100,000-acre park in the area. That year, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall recommended to President Lyndon B Johnson that Johnson use the Antiquities Act to proclaim a national monument in the Brooks Range and other Alaskan locations, but Johnson declined. By the 1970s the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (NCSA) prompted serious examination of the disposition of lands held by the federal government. A series of bills were proposed to deal with the settlements required by ANCSA, but the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) was held up in Congress in the late 1970s. President Jimmy Carter used the Antiquities Act to proclaim the proposed parklands under ANILCA as national monuments, proclaiming Gates of the Arctic National Monument on December 1, 1978. In 1980 Congress passed ANILCA, establishing the monument lands as Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve on December 2, 1980.

Size: 8,472,506 acres, larger than Belgium.

# Visitors: 11,012 in 2013. Attendance peaks in August; there is little to no attendance October – May.

Fees: There are no fees in the Park.

Staying There: There are no improved camping sites. Camping is permitted throughout the park, save for locations managed by native corporations. Park Service operations in the park are managed from the Bettles Ranger Station, to the south of the park. The park headquarters is in Fairbanks.

Contact Info:

Bettles Ranger Station (Field Operations)
PO Box 30
Bettles, AK  99726
National Park Service (Fairbanks Headquarters)
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK  99709
Bettles Ranger Station: 907-692-5494
Fairbanks Administrative Center: 907-457-5752



National Park Service: Gates of the Arctic National Park


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