Kobuk Valley National Park

Overview

The Kobuk Valley National Park holds many of nature's gems, including caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, and Onion Portage. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path 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. The park's 1.7 million acres sit in a semi-enclosed bowl about 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Get ready to fish, camp, hike and enjoy the wildlife. Kobuk Valley National Park is an unforgettable wilderness experience.

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Seasonality / Weather

Kobuk Valley National Park is open year around. The headquarters office and visitor center are located at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue. Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the park from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54° F, although some days in July may get up to 100° F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time.

Directions

Driving: 

Kobuk Valley National Park is a remote area. There are no roads that provide access.

Flying: 

Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Nome and Kotzebue. From either location, visitors may fly with various air taxi operators. There are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to specific park areas. Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. Winter access may include snowmobiles, aircraft or by foot.

Small planes may be chartered from Kotzebue or Bettles to land in the national park, or to fly over the area for a view of the river and mountains.