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 »
Fees & Reservations
No registration is required to enter the park; however visitors are requested to contact the Bettles Visitor Center, the Coldfoot Interagency Visitor Center or the Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station and attend a back country orientation. During an orientation you can get valuable information about current weather, fire and wildlife alerts, back country safety, bear safety and Leave No Trace camping techniques. The Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center also provides back country orientations. All of these facilities have Bear Resistant Food Containers to loan out to back country visitors.
Commercial transporters are required to ensure that all of their clients get the opportunity to receive a backcountry orientation from park rangers prior to entering the park and preserve. Please take a moment to complete our voluntary registration form prior to your trip into the backcountry.
If you are traveling in a group (i.e. nonprofit, educational, commercial, guided, etc.) please contact the park several months before your travel dates for permit requirements and group size limits.
Did You Know?
At 8510 feet, Mount Igikpak, at the headwaters of the Noatak River, is the highest peak in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.