Things To Do

A man stands on a large rock in the foreground, with an autumn tundra landscape in the back under gray cloudy skies.

Hiking to the tors around Serpentine Hot Springs provides new perspective on the valley.

NPS Photo


Come by our visitor center in Nome, Alaska. Enjoy birdwatching. The preserve is home to raptors, waterfowl, and some rare Asiatic species. Fly out to Serpentine Hot Springs and spend a few nights in the bunkhouse while you hike among the huge granite tors that encircle the springs, sightsee, fish, and relax in the warmth of the hot springs.

Camping, hiking, backpacking, exploration, nature observation, photography, and coastal boating are among the many possible activities. Winter offers opportunities for snowmobiling, dog sledding, and some crosscountry skiing.

You can explore remains of the gold rush era and evidence of ancient Inupiaq life. The preserve and surrounding areas, including Native villages, offer opportunities to observe and learn about traditional subsistence lifestyles and historic reindeer herding.

Hunting and fishing are permitted under state regulations; Alaska hunting and fishing licenses are required.

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