Comprised of 2.7 million acres on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska, Bering Land Bridge is one of the nation's most remote national park units. With proper planning and equipment a trip into the preserve can be rewarding. As one of the least visited National Park Units, the opportunity to travel a land visited by so few can provide solitude and beauty not often available in other parts of the country.
The park headquarters for Bering Land Bridge is located in Nome, Alaska. Nome is a rural community of 3,600 residents, which is known for its gold rush history, Alaska Native cultures, and as the end of the famous Iditarod sled dog race. There is a Visitor Center on the first floor of the Sitnasauk Building on Front Street open throughout the year.
Places to Go
Directions & Transportation
There are no roads into Bering Land Bridge, so travel opportunities can be limited. During the summer months access to the preserve is by small airplane, boat, or foot. There is an unimproved dirt landing strip at Serpentine Hot Springs, and there are beaches and lakes adequate for float planes. Permitted chartered air taxis and private pilots may land airplanes within the preserve. The use of ATVs and other off-road vehicles is prohibited. Once there is adequate snow cover in the winter, access can also be made via snowmobile.
Visitors to the preserve will find themselves in the midst of natural hot springs, ancient lava flows, and the largest maar lakes in the world. The Serpentine Hot Springs is one of the most popular places to visit within the preserve.
Things to Do
Bering Land Bridge offers unparalleled opportunities to not only experience some of America's most isolated wildlands, but also the rich heritage of Alaskan Native cultures, past and present. The land can be utilized for camping, bird watching, hunting, gathering, trapping, and fishing.
During the summer months, the Visitor Center hours are extended and many special programs are available including talks, hikes, and Junior Ranger programs.
Visitors to the preserve should come prepared to experience a wild and unpredictable Alaskan backcountry. Wilderness travel through the preserve requires one to be experienced in backcountry travel and self-reliance. Due to remote locations and often inclement weather, pick-ups from remote locations may be delayed for several days. As in most backcountry situations, travelers should be prepared adequate food, water, clothing, and gear. It is also important to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
The National Park Service strives to make the park as universally accessible as possible. However, extra obstacles will be encountered because of the remote, wilderness nature of this special place.