Gates of the Arctic National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
8,472,506 acres
Annual Visitation
10,899 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
December 2, 1980
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
280 feet at Kobuk River
Highest Elevation
8,510 feet on Mount Igikpak
Lowest Average Temp
-19F in January
Record Low Temp
-70F in 1975
Highest Average Temp
71F in July
Record High Temp
93F in 1986
Our Last Visit

Park Contact Information

Bettles Ranger Station
PO Box 26030, Bettles, AK 99726
Info at (907) 692-5494
Fax to (907) 692-5400

Park Creation Timeline

On November 16, 1978, Gates of the Arctic National Monument is created along with 15 others.
On December 2, 1980, the monument is changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include caribou, grizzly bears, lynx, musk oxen, and arctic foxes. Smaller mammals include arctic ground squirrels, alaska marmots, and voles.
There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.
The park's enormous land area provides habitat for many birds. 145 species of which have been seen in the last 30 years. A checklist prepared by the NPS can be seen here.

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