Basic Information

Entrance Fees:

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

NPS Photo/Doug Demarest

Remote and Wild
Cape Krusenstern National Monument is one of the most remote monuments in the country. Visiting 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
Flying is your only option of getting to Cape Krusenstern. The village of Kotzebue is a northwest Alaska regional hub and a gateway to the park. You can fly there on a commercial jet from Anchorage. Then, charter an air taxi service for an overflight or start/end point of your backpacking trip in the monument. You can get additional information at the visitor center in Kotzebue. 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 anytime, but bring any special dietary foods and medications with you. They would not be available in Kotzebue. Be prepared for remote conditions. You may not be able to buy or rent outdoor equipment in Kotzebue.
  • Business 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

NPS Photo

Visitor Center
The headquarters office and visitor center are located in the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in the village of Kotzebue. Hours can vary according to weather and staffing. Typical times are listed below. Please call ahead if you need exact times the building will be open. (907)442-3890

Summer & Fall Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Closed on Sunday.
Winter & Spring Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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: September 18, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752


(907) 442-3890

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