• Breathtaking autumn colors in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

    Bering Land Bridge

    National Preserve Alaska


A reindeer herd roves across the summer tundra landscape
A reindeer herd roves across the summer tundra landscape
NPS Photo - Andrea Willingham

With nearly 3 million acres of subarctic tundra, lava flows, mountains, rivers, and lakes, it should come as no surprise that Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is home to some of the most unique and ancient species on the planet. Here you can hike within view of herds of muskox that once roamed the tundra with woolly mammoths, or observe caribou whose ancestors arrived in the Americas some 65 million years ago.

Despite living in such a hostile environment, the animals that survive today were born for the arctic. Because of its location, Bering Land Bridge hosts many Asiatic and migratory birds, fish, and mammals well-adapted to thrive in a land of extremes. Many will stay all winter long, some going into hibernation, others shedding their fur or feathers for thicker and better camouflaged coats, and still others will weather the sub-zero temperatures by banding together in herds or solitarily burrowing deep underground.

Did You Know?

An inactive 2005 Bilge Creek Fire.

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.