wooden pillars of an old, washed-away dock line the entrance to a coastal bay with a long, red building and grassy fields with foggy mountains in the background.
The Aleutians are notorious for challenging weather conditions among other hazards.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Photo / Lisa Hupp

a large, wooden opening appears in the slope of thick grasses, supported by a wooden roof and central beam.
While it may be tempting to visit old bunkers such as this one located on Attu, be aware that these structures can be unstable and enter at your own risk.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Photo / Lisa Hupp

Historic Hazards

This site preserves bunkers that are still in excellent condition; however, many tunnel entrances leading into the bunkers are unstable or have collapsed. Many of the floors were constructed of wood that has rotted over the years. There is no electricity on Ulakta Head and the underground buildings and tunnels are dark. Enter into these tunnels and bunkers at your own risk. Cliff edges and collapsed tunnels may be hidden by dense fog.

Soldiers deployed anti-personnel stakes (known also as Rommel stakes or screw pickets) throughout the area during World War II. Some of these stakes still remain in the ground. These stakes are large and sharp -- however, the vegetation on the island covers many of them. Stepping or falling on them could lead to serious injuries. It is advisable to remain on the roads and trails to prevent unnecessary injuries! Please closely supervise children and pets in the park.

in a historic scene, a man holding a gun wears a long, thick winter coat with a fur-lined hood and cuffs.
Weather conditions in the Aleutians meant that soldiers needed to dress appropriately. Unprepared for the severe weather, many soldiers suffered and died at the hands of the climate rather than enemy fire.

NPS Photo / Martini Collection


The Aleutian Islands are notorious for storms and bad weather. From gale-force winds to thick fog to rain and snow, these islands see some of the most extreme weather in Alaska.

Be prepared for these extremes on your visit to the Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area and to any other locations within the Aleutian Island chain. Bring lots of layers, good boots with warm socks, a waterproof rain jacket, and anything else you might need to stay warm and safe in this climate.

In addition to rain and storms, fog can present issues for those navigating overland. It is advisable to stay on established roads and trails. If you are navigating off-trail, be sure to have a map, compass, and the other ten essentials before setting out.

Last updated: May 7, 2024

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Aleutian Islands WWII Visitor Center
2716 Airport Beach Road

Unalaska, AK 99692



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