• Ice crystals form on ground vegetation


    National Preserve Alaska

Outdoor Activities

As one of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem, the Noatak River environs features some of the Arctic's finest arrays of plants and animals. The river is classified as a national wild and scenic river, and offers stunning wilderness float-trip opportunities - from deep in the Brooks Range to the tidewater of the Chukchi Sea. There are endless opportunities to explore this wild and unspoiled land.

This is a park for wilderness-oriented activities. Travel services and facilities are not developed. You are mostly on your own and must be highly self-motivated and self-sufficient. Come climb the mountains, float the rivers, backpack and camp, or fly above it all. Come, but come prepared!

Did You Know?

Image of crystalline dew drops cling to the leaves of an arctic blueberry bush.

As of 2006, scientists have documented 447 species of vascular plants in Noatak National Preserve. The majority of the preserve is dominated by various types of tundra.