THING TO DO

Visit the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

View of the sand dunes with snow patches and snow-capped mountains in the distance.
The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes corralled in Kobuk Valley partly due to the range of mountains in the distance.

Photo Credit: Public Domain NPS/J Schock

Arctic Sand Dunes

The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes are unlike any dune complex in North America. Where else can one discover tracks from grizzly bears, caribou, and wolves converging on such otherworldly terrain? A place where Boreal Forest, tundra, and brush collide with glacially pulverized sand.
A group of caribou walking across sand dunes with Boreal Forest and snow-capped mountains in the background.
A small group of caribou walking across the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes leaving nothing but tracks behind.

Photo Credit: Public Domain NPS/S Schimdt

Ranger Recommendation

Most people fly to the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes so make sure when planning your itinerary there is some cushion for weather. One never knows what the weather will be like in northwest Alaska so be ready for flight delays. When packing for the trip don't forget your sunscreen and rain jacket as you may use both in a single day. Bugs abound in the summer so bring a head net. It can be windy out on the dunes as you are extremely exposed. Don't forget to bring layers.
Details
There is plenty to see and do at the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. People can spend several hours to several days exploring the dune field. However, it is remote and help is several hours away.
15 and Older
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
No trails or facilities are within Kobuk Valley National Park

Last updated: October 19, 2017