Basic Information

Overlooking the mountains with fall colors at Cape Krusenstern
Fall colors of Cape Krusenstern

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Remote and Wild

Cape Krusenstern National Monument is one of the most remote monuments in the country. It is very different from going to a park located on a road system. Visitors can enjoy the park by backpacking, camping, boating, or flightseeing. There are no designated entrance gates, roads, trails, campgrounds, services, or lodging and eating facilities in the monument.

Open All Day, Year Round

Cape Krusenstern National Monument is open 24 hours a day, all year round, and there are no entrance fees or camping permits required.

Getting There

The village of Kotzebue is a northwest Alaska regional hub and gateway to the park. You can fly to Kotzebue on a commercial jet from Anchorage. From Kotzebue, you can charter an air taxi service for an overflight or to start point of your backpacking trip in the monument. The air taxi will be able to pick you up from your end point as well. During the winter, it is also possible to snowmachine to the park from Kotzebue. You can get additional information at the visitor center. For more information see below.

Come Prepared and Be Self-sufficient

  • Plan for your trip long before you leave home.

  • Weather can drastically change your plans. Develop your travel itinerary with ample time to account for weather delays, which sometimes can be longer than a day or two.

  • Basic groceries are available in Kotzebue, but bring any special dietary foods and medications with you.

  • Be prepared for remote conditions.

  • You may not be able to buy or rent outdoor equipment in Kotzebue.

  • Businesses and services may not be open at all times. Call in advance and plan accordingly.

  • Snow and freezing temperatures occur at any time of the year. Always bring gear for wet and cold weather.

Stay safe and enjoy the great experiences that the monument has to offer!

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center building on a beautiful partly cloudy day


The headquarters and visitor center are located in Kotzebue at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center. Hours can vary according to season. Please call ahead if you need exact times the building will be open. (907) 442-3890

Passport Stamps

National Park Passport cancellation stamps are available at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center for the following parks:

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Kobuk Valley National Park

  • Noatak National Preserve

  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Last updated: May 9, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752


907 442-3890

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