Wild and Scenic Rivers
NPS Photograph Al Smith
Rivers have been byways for wildlife and humans for centuries. They are the veins and arteries through the heart of the Gates of the Arctic wilderness. Glaciers sculpted large U-shaped valleys surrounded by serrated ridges. In other valleys the rivers have carved steep V-shaped canyons. These rivers support the frantic summer explosion of life. Travelers here have the opportunity to be a part of nature, and to experience the solitude and isolation of wilderness.
Did You Know?
Three caribou herds migrate through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in the Spring and Fall.