Operating Hours & Seasons
Noatak National Preserve is open year around. The headquarters office and visitor information center are located at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue.
Visitor Center Hours:
June - September
October - May
Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the preserve from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54° F, although some days in July may get up to 80° F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time.
Did You Know?
The Western Arctic caribou herd is comprised of about 370,000 caribou, making it North America’s largest. These “nomads of the north” travel through Noatak National Preserve twice a year during their long trek between southern wintering areas and northern calving grounds.