Arctic Network Parks and Partners
Arctic parks encompass 19.3 million acres of land—25% of the land area managed by the National Park Service nationwide. Only a single road crosses these lands, a 23-mile gravel industrial road through the northern end of Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
Interior parks in this Arctic cluster extend from the rocky and barren mountains of the central and western Brooks Range to the southern Chukchi Sea to the west. Together, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and Cape Krusenstern National Monument represent the third-largest block of coastline in the National Park Service—approximately 946 miles (1,514 km).
In these parks one can find dry alpine tundra, lowland wet tundra, boreal forest, coastal tundra, lagoons, and estuaries, all underlain by permafrost. This is wilderness at a massive scale with largely intact ecosystems, but also a land that has been inhabited by people for thousands of years.
Last updated: July 26, 2018