GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK
Raw and rugged, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve stretches out for more than 27,000 square miles – an opportunity if ever there was one to completely unplug from the real world. One won’t find interpretive nature trails and museum-quality visitors centers during a Gates of the Arctic National Park vacation, no, but instead a wilderness unchanged over the centuries, where there are no roads, no marked trails, no cell phone towers. With an intrepid guide at your side, you’ll tackle this remote territory and its majestic natural wonders and intact ecosystems, standing in stark contrast to the frenetic energy of the continents to its south. The only force at work here is Mother Nature.
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Your Gates of the Arctic National Park vacation will require a local guide, and a flight plan from Fairbanks or the community of Bettles, the gateway town and home to just a few hardy residents. A knowledgeable expert can map out an adventure catering to your personal tastes and interests, setting you up on a backcountry or flightseeing tour, or accompanying you on uncharted exploration. Jet boat up the Koyukuk River and float down the river past Old Bettles – there will be ample opportunities for fishing and hiking along the route. Hike along mountain ridges and through rocky passes, even through streambeds when the water is low. With no established trails, every turn is full of discovery and each vista is more stunning than the last. For those who seek solitude and serenity, Gates of the Arctic National Park and its neighboring Kobuk Valley National Park offer the chance to be one with nature — fishing on an alpine lake, as caribou pass through the valley, picnicking next to a wild river, surrounded by boreal forest, or simply gazing out at far-reaching alpine peaks, contemplating the natural wonders of our world.
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