Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to access the Preserve in summer? During the winter?
During the Summer months you can access the Preserve by small fixed wing aircraft and small boats.
The winter season provides other options for accessing the Preserve, small fixed winged aircraft on skis, snowmachine and dog sled.
2. Can I take my ATV/ORV into the Preserve?
No, ATVs and ORVs are not allowed in the Preserve. Other forms of mechanized transportation such as hot air balloons, helicopters or dirt bikes are not allowed as well.
3. Do I need to make a reservation to stay at the Serpentine Hot Springs bunkhouse?
Reservations are not taken for the bunkhouse at Serpentine Hot Springs. Space in the bunkhouse is all first-come, first-served.
4. What does Iyat mean?
Iyat is the traditional name for Serpentine Hot Springs. Iyat is Inupiat for "cooking pot".
5. Are there mountainous areas in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve?
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve has diverse landscapes, tundra, lakes, rivers, lava fields and mountains. One of the highest peaks in the Preserve is an unnamed peak at 3379 ft above sea level in the Bendeleben Mountains on the southern park boundary.
Did You Know?
A lightning strike ignites a fire in the preserve. The fire burns for a week and then rain puts it out. In about 7 years, a visitor could walk on the burned site having no idea there once was a fire under his or her feet. This speedy site re-vegetation is typical of tundra fire adapted ecosystems.