Far from the hustle and bustle of other Alaskan destinations, the magnificent scenery and untamed nature of this national park allows you to experience genuine "Wild Alaska" on its own terms. Your possibilities here are vast. Whether boating down the languid Kobuk River, thrilling your senses on a scenic flight or charting your own backcountry trek, the country is ready for those prepared to enter it. Whatever adventure you choose, please remember to leave cultural artifacts and natural features as you find them for others to enjoy.
Kobuk Valley's visitor isn't your average tourist. They tend to be skilled backcountry explorers familiar with surviving wind, rain, and snow - and that's in the summer months. Winter visits are recommended only to outdoorspeople experienced in arctic camping and survival techniques.
You'll find no roads, no gift shops, and no parking facilities within the park. Trails don't exist; neither do campgrounds. Not even the park headquarters or visitor center are within the park. Both of these facilities are in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Access and services here are limited when compared to traditional national parks you may have visited elsewhere. What the area may lack in services, it more than makes up for in friendly people and an un-crowded wilderness experience. Rangers can provide advice on logistics to help travelers begin planning their trips.
Commercial businesses offer various services such as air taxis, guided rafting, and hunting. Contact any service providers on the list to facilitate your trip. Air taxis offices are located in Kotzebue and Bettles.