Weather and Climate
NPS Photo Jobe Chakuchin
In the wilderness, weather rules. Visitors to Gates of the Arctic need to be prepared for all types of weather. Travel plans in and out of the park are always weather dependant. Rain and snowmelt can cause rivers to rise, making some routes impassable. Visitors should have enough food to stay extra days in the park and try to have flexible travel plans in case flights into the park are delayed.
Did You Know?
To access Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, most people fly into the park on floatplanes that land on lakes or bush planes that can land on gravel bars.