Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve
Gates of the Arctic is one of the last truly wild places on earth. It is a remote wilderness area located above the Arctic Circle and far from any roads. Essentially untouched, it's an area of superlative natural beauty and exceptional scientific value with a maze of glaciated valleys and gaunt, rugged mountains covered with boreal forest and arctic tundra vegetation, cut by wild rivers, and inhabited by far-ranging populations of caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and bears (barren-ground grizzlies and black bears). The National Park Service is entrusted to manage this area to protect its physical resources and to maintain the intangible qualities of the wilderness and the opportunity it provides for people to learn and renew its values.
Seasonality / Weather
The central Brooks Range has long, severe winters and relatively short summers. During the winter, long nights prevail, while the summer has thirty days of continuous sunlight. Visitors traveling in the park move through a variety of climatic zones and experience highly variable and unpredictable weather. Snow can fall during any month of the year.
It is not possible to drive into the park.