• Ice crystals form on ground vegetation


    National Preserve Alaska

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.

Business Hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

Visitor Center Hours:

June - September

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Monday - Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday
Closed Sunday

October - May

Closed Monday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday - Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday
Closed Sunday

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?

27 caribou, with tails held high, leave a gravel bar to splash and swim across a blue river on a fall day.

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.