Adequate snow coverage allows visitors to enter the preserve by snowmobile. A thick blanket of snow protects the tundra from damage and scarring.
A snowmobile trail extends from the end of Nome-Taylor road, more commonly known as the Kougarak road by locals, past Serpentine Hot Springs, and to the village of Shishmaref. The trail is marked with large, metal tripods scattered along the route. However, due to exposure to the elements, heavy fog, or white out conditions they may not always be visible. These conditions make it imperative to know your route or travel with someone who does. It is recommended you take a GPS unit to facilitate your way-finding. Please keep in mind that other trails may be formed by visitors, so following previously formed trails may get you to a different location.
When visiting the preserve, you should always be prepared for any type of weather and practice backcountry safety. In case of emergency, there are emergency shelter cabins available throughout the preserve; locations are available on the preserve's map.
Snow Machine Regulations
The use of snow machines is currently allowed within the park, but is subject to various rules and regulations. See theCode of Federal Regulations(CFR).
Snowmobile use is only permitted once there is adequate snow with sufficient depth and density to protect underlying vegetation, soils, and wildlife habitat. In this park, adequate snow cover is generally defined as at least 18 inches of snow with a solid base. Check current conditions before heading out.
Alaska State Law
All State Laws regarding snowmobile use apply within the park. These include, but are not limited to, those found in Alaska Statutes Title 28, Chapter 39 and the Alaska Administrative Code Sections 13 AAC 04.400 through 13 AAC 04.420.
Last updated: August 23, 2016