Wilderness Adventure

Caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage - just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Thousands of 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.

Evening light on sand dunes and low mountains
Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

An icon of Kobuk Valley National Park, the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes rise unexpectedly out of the tundra and trees.

 5 tents on the sand dunes near forest and mountains.
Things to do in Kobuk Valley

Learn about all the ways to explore Kobuk Valley National Park.

Caribou standing on a hill by Onion Portage
Paatitaaq-Onion Portage

Learn more about the historical and cultural significance of Onion Portage as well as the ecology and natural history of the area.

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.

Mammoth mascot holding Kobuk Valley sign on the sand dunes
Kids and Youth

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Science and Research

Click here to learn more about the science happening in our parks!

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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Kotzebue, AK 99752


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