Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve encompasses 8.4 million acres of arctic wilderness. Because there are no trails in the Park and Preserve, maps are extremely important. Several types of maps are available. The Trails Illustrated Gates of the Arctic map offers an excellent large-scale overview of the Park and Preserve. This map is available through the Alaska Natural History Association, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Map Office, and other vendors. Once you have established where you are going in the Park and Preserve, USGS maps are very helpful as you plan your route. The 1:250,000 (1 inch to four miles) maps provide a good overview of specific areas while the 1:63,360 (1 inch to 1 mile) are larger scale and allow for in-depth route planning. USGS maps are available online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Map Office. Select USGS maps are available from local vendors and at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
Did You Know?
The name of the Arrigetch Peaks in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve comes from the Nunamiut word for "outstretched fingers."