Wilderness Adventure

Caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage - just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current corridor for people and wildlife. For 9000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues.

Canoe and outdoor gear sitting along the river bank.

Things to do in Kobuk Valley

Learn more about float trips and other activities you can do in Kobuk Valley National Park

a group of about 30 caribou splash into the water of a river with snowcapped mountains

Paatitaaq- Onion Portage

A caribou herd cross the Kobuk River at Onion Portage during their fall migration. Learn more about this culturally important heritage site.

Mammoth mascot holding Kobuk Valley sign on the sand dunes

Learn about the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes are the largest active dunes in the Arctic. Click here to learn more!

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue, AK

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center

Stop in at the Heritage Center to tour the free museum and talk to a ranger!

Inupiaq women pulling in gill net

Inupiaq Subsistence in Kobuk Valley

The people along the Kobuk River carry on traditions spanning over 8,000 years.

Last updated: January 5, 2023

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