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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Bettles, Alaska

Gates of the Arctic Staff summer 2005.

Staff of summer 2006.

NPS Photo

Bettles Field is located near the village of Evansville. It is a common jumping off spot for the park. Several air taxi operators fly into all areas of the park from here. The park field office is also located in Bettles Field. There is also a log cabin visitor contact station where visitors attend back country orientations, receive park condition updates, attend ranger programs, get their park passport stamped, check out bear resistant food containers and become a Guardian of the Gates.

Did You Know?

Chapman Fire, 2005

In 1969, five wildland fires burned 129,820 acres in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. That was the largest acreage to burn in the park in a given year. Interestingly, 14 wildland fires, the most fires to occur in the park, burned a mere 500 acres in 1977.