Cape Krusenstern National Monument lies within a remote area of northwest Alaska and is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and Chukchi Sea. Visitors generally access the monument via the regional hub in Kotzebue. Commercial airlines provide daily service from Fairbanks or Anchorage, to Kotzebue. Chartered flights with licensed air taxi services, booked in advance, can take backcountry travelers to remote destinations within the monument.
The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is the visitor center for Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Since there are no roads into Cape Krusenstern National Monument, the visitor center is located in Kotzebue, AK. From Kotzebue, visitors will charter an air taxi to transport them into the actual national monument which is open 24/7 every day of the year.
Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Always travel with good quality rain gear and warm layers. Be especially careful to stay dry. Hypothermia can set in on a windy, wet day, even when it doesn't feel that cold.
The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is open year round, but our hours vary by season. Our typical hours are listed below, and you can always call us to confirm hours for a specific date at (907) 442-3890.
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.
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!
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 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. Saturday, Noon to 4:00 P.M.
Winter & Spring Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed Noon to 1:00 P.M. Closed on Saturday
National Park Passport cancellation stamps are available at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center for the following parks: