Things To Know Before You Come
Visitors should be prepared to enjoy a non-traditional National Park Service experience. There are no roads, trails, campgrounds or regularly attended ranger stations in Cape Krusenstern National Monument. This is truly a wild area. Access is typically by small aircraft. Licensed air transporters are available in Kotzebue. Flights to most areas of the monument are generally 1 hour or less in duration.
The number of National Park Service staff in Kotzebue is small and the acreage of the monument is large. Visitors may not be able to contact a ranger if they have an emergency. Backcountry experience and self-sufficiency are vital. Along with this come tremendous opportunities for peace and solitude on a vast landscape.
Visitors are not required to check in with staff at the headquarters office in Kotzebue or get a permit before starting a trip in the monument. However, rangers are happy to document itineraries if travelers wish to provide that information.
Cellular phones do not work in the backcountry. Satellite phones have proven useful and some travelers choose to carry them for added safety.
Unlike many National Park units, Cape Krusenstern National Monument allows local residents to hunt and gather resources from the land. Please respect all of these subsistence activities and give people a wide berth so they may finish their work without interruption. Please do not interfere with subsistence camps, fishnets or other equipment.
Visitors who plan to fish must have an Alaska state fishing license. Licenses are available in Kotzebue or online at www.adfg.state.ak.us.
Did You Know?
The Chukchi Sea is ice-covered from November until May. Ice formation begins in October, with the ice edge from the permanent polar ice pack extending progressively southward until late March. The northward retreat of the ice edge begins in April and continues until late September.