Western Arctic National Parklands

Overview

Western Arctic National Parklands is a management unit which includes Noatak National Perserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Kobuk Valley National Park near Kotzebue, AK and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve located on the Seward Peninsula near Nome, AK. Open year-round, there are many things to explore in the different parks.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures exist in the park from October through April. Temperatures rarely exceed 65 degrees F. in July-August; snow or freezing temperatures may occur any time.

The headquarters office is located in Kotzebue and office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. The Visitor Center, also located in Kotzebue, is open for the summer and hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, closed Sunday & Monday.

Directions

Flying: 

Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Nome or Kotzebue. From Kotzebue to the Parklands, fly with various air taxi operators. There are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to specific park areas.

Public Transport: 

Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. Winter access may include snowmobiles, aircraft or by foot.