June 28, 2012
If you are ready to explore the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes or the Serpentine Hot Springs, park the Airstream and unpack the car. The Western Arctic National Parklands can't be reached by road. Even for those who live in the surrounding communities, reaching the parks can be expensive and challenging. Until you board the float plane, hop in the boat, drive the snowmachine, paddle, hike, mush, or ski to reach them, you can connect with and learn more about the parks on the official NPS websites, Twitter, and Facebook.
If you're on Facebook and need a new cover photo for your timeline, download this image from Noatak National Preserve and start imagining yourself here:
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Did You Know?
Even though Kobuk Valley National Park gets only 50 cm of rain and snow each year, much of the lowland tundra is soggy. Permafrost, many feet below the surface of the soil, prevents the water from draining away.