Caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage - just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path for people and wildlife. For 9000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues.Read More
Caribou in the Dunes
Nearly half a million caribou migrate yearly across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. Humans have hunted along the Kobuk River for untold generations.Read More
The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes
Forty miles above the Arctic Circle, these dunes rise up to 100 feet high, and summer temperatures here can soar to 100° Fahrenheit!Read More
Onion Portage - National Historic Landmark
For thousands of years, vast numbers of caribou have passed through this area on their seasonal migrations between tundra and taiga.Read More
Did You Know?
A frog that lives in Kobuk Valley National Park spends the winter as an ice cube. In the fall, the Wood Frog burrows under leaves on the forest floor. Its temperature drops to 20° F or lower until spring, at which point it thaws out and goes on its way.