Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve encompasses 2.5 million acres of wild landscape. Because there are no established trails in the preserve, good maps are extremely important.geodiversity atlas, and more.
Once you have established where you are going in the preserve, USGS topographical maps are crucial to help you plan your route. The 1:250,000 (1 inch to four miles) maps provide a good overview of specific areas while the 1:63,360 (1 inch to 1 mile) are larger scale and allow for in-depth route planning. Select USGS maps are available at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
Detailed route planning is not addressed on this website, because Congress set this land aside as eligible wilderness to be preserved in its wild yet cultured state, specifically so that each visitor can find their own experience here. The preserve does not provide route planning for several other reasons: Due to the fragile nature of the groundcover, repeated use of a route tends to impact it very quickly, and it can take a long time to recover. Also, we cannot effectively evaluate the skill-level of our visitors, and the fluctuating conditions of the area will have a great effect on the route chosen.
Air taxi operators should also be consulted before finalizing a route, since they have specific places that they can pick up and drop off people and gear.
It is recommended that visitors have at least one alternate route planned. In the event of bad weather, high or low water, or smoke from wildfires, visitors have a better chance having an enjoyable trip if there is some flexibility built into their itinerary.
For visitors who are not comfortable looking at a topo map and devising a route, there are several guides and outfitters who take visitors into the park. A complete list of guides, outfitters, and air taxis is available on our website.