Plan Your Visit

stream and fall colors on a mountain landscape

Upper Salmon River with fall colors on the tundra

NPS Photo/Eileen Devinney


A Wild Adventure

Far from the hustle and bustle of other Alaskan destinations, the untamed nature of this national park allows you to experience "Wild Alaska" on its own terms. There are many possibilities for adventure. You can boat down the languid Kobuk River, feel the thrill of a bush airplane flight, or chart your own backcountry trip. Whatever experience you plan, please remember to leave cultural artifacts and natural features as you find them. That helps everyone feel like they are the first person to set foot on that ground.

Be Ready

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 winter survival techniques. For visitors with the right skills and gear, it's a trip of a lifetime.

Limited Services

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 uncrowded 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 help with your trip. Air taxis offices are located in Kotzebue and Bettles.


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