Oxytropis kobukensis (aka Kobuk Locoweed) is a member of the pea family and adds a splash of pink to the sand dunes. The blossoms have that typical pea/ bean flower shape that many gardeners know. Close view of pink and white flowers.
This pretty but unassuming flower is quite special. Oxytropis kobukensis grows in only one place in the world - in the Kobuk Valley on and around the sand dunes. Bright pink flowers with green leaves growing in the sand.
Big hooves for paddles and hollow hair for bouyancy make caribou good swimmers. That's important, because they have to swim across the Kobuk River twice as year as they migrate north in the spring and then south in the fall (as in this photo). Caribou swimming a river
The peaks of the Baird Mountains stretch far into the distance and are so remote that many of them have not been named. An aerial view on a clear fall day is a breathtaking sight.
Aerial view of mountains
One of the most remote parts of the Kobuk Valley National Park is the upper Salmon River, which is particularly beautiful on a clear autumn day. The river is classified as Wild in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Panorama of stream and mountains