Words of Wisdom
"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
Welcome to Your Alaska National Parks
A national park the size of Massachusetts. North America‘s tallest mountain. Human history stretching back 10,000 years. A mix of vast landscapes and small settlements rich in America‘s history, the magnitude and breadth of Alaska and her national parks can be difficult to comprehend but richly rewarding to explore.
Alaska is home to 15 national parks, preserves, monuments and national historical parks. Additionally, the National Park Service plays varying roles in the administration of 13 national wild rivers, two affiliated areas and a national heritage area, plus 49 National Historic Landmarks and 16 National Natural Landmarks. Together these represent a natural and cultural legacy spread across a unique American landscape.
Park superintendents and their staff are based in or close to the parks areas they manage, with additional regional management and technical program staff located in Anchorage. The Park Service also manages visitor centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks , which can provide a wide range of information on national parks and other public lands.
While Alaska‘s parks all have unique resources and characteristics, we share a common stewardship mission:
We care for those special places in Alaska saved by the American people as a part of a national system of parks so that all may experience our heritage. We serve residents and visitors who seek inspiration, recreation, and education, as well as those who come for traditional activities, subsistence, and scientific study. We cooperate with local communities, Alaska Native groups and others to protect the natural and cultural resources in these special places for this and future generations to experience and enjoy. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Alaska‘s national parks and encourage you to come north and see them in person.
A compendium is a written compilation of designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions. Learn more...
Today, as in the past, many Alaskans live off the land, relying on fish and wildlife. Learn more...
The National Park Service has many professional, volunteer, and trade opportunities. Learn more...
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