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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Emergency Sheep Hunting Closure in Units 23 & 26(A)

    All sheep seasons in Game Management Units 23 and 26(A) for all resident and nonresident hunters are closed due to severe decline in sheep numbers in the contiguous populations of the De Long and Schwatka Mountains. More »

Preserve Your Wilderness Park

Yellow arctic poppies amongst tundra vegetation.

Arctic Poppies

NPS Photo Teri McMillan

The greatest resource of all is space-space for wandering, space for solitude and a sense of discovery.

John Kaufman

Gates of the Arctic is the United States’ premier wilderness park. Its towering mountains run through a delicate balance of tundra, boreal forest, and coastal plains fed by icy rivers and lakes. Here visitors experience solitude, self reliance and nature on its own terms. However, the short growing season and permafrost create a surprisingly fragile Arctic ecosystem. The National Park Service is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural wonders of the park as well as the wilderness experience available to all.

We need your help.

An old campfire scar and rock ring on the tundra.

NPS Photograph

Camp fires


NPS Photograph



Did You Know?

An Inuksuk stands out against the sky.

Iñuksuit ("stone people") were used to drive caribou by Nunamiut Eskimos, and are found along caribou migratory routes in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. More...