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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

A vast Alaskan wilderness park with no roads or trails, home to the Brooks Range, boreal forests, and diverse Arctic wildlife.

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The nation’s second-biggest national park clocks up a country-dwarfing 7.5 million acres as it stretches across the breadth of the Brooks Range. Thinking of a weekend visit? Think again. Ice truckers are the only usual passersby. You have to fly out of Fairbanks to a remote town on the edge of the Arctic Circle just to get in. Then, hiking boots, a dog mush or Nordic skis are probably your ticket the rest of the way. There are no marked trails at Gates of the Arctic National Park, only sweeping herds of caribou and packs of howling wolves.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

It should hardly come as a surprise that not many people manage to make it up here. Covering an area that’s a third larger than Wales, the Gates of the Arctic is all jagged fells and snowy valleys. It’s real frontier stuff.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve Guides