Gates of the Arctic Fast Facts

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park covers a total area of 8,472,506 acres
  • The number of people visiting Gates of the Arctic in 2017 was 11,177 *
  • Gates of the Arctic was made a national park on December 2, 1980
  • The lowest elevation found in Gates of the Arctic is 280 feet at Kobuk River
  • The highest elevation found in Gates of the Arctic is 8,510 feet on Mount Igikpak
  • There is no entrance fee for Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park lies in the Alaska time zone
  • We have never visited Gates of the Arctic National Park.
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Gates of the Arctic Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Gates of the Arctic

  • On November 16, 1978, Gates of the Arctic National Monument was created along with 15 others. On December 2, 1980, the monument was changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.
  • Gates of the Arctic is the most northern national park in the United States. All of the park’s 8,472,506 acres are north of the Arctic Circle. It is also the second largest national park, behind only Wrangell-St. Elias, also in Alaska.
  • More people visit Grand Canyon National Park in a single summer day than visit Gates of the Arctic in an entire year. It is the least visited national park in the United States in most years.
  • There are no roads within the park lands, and very few trails. The Dalton Highway passes just to the east of the park; some visitors hike in from there.

Where is Gates of the Arctic National Park?

Gates of the Arctic National Park is located north of the Arctic Circle in the state of Alaska. Its location is remote, even by Alaska standards. The village of Anaktuvuk Pass is actually within the park boundaries. Candidly, you will need much more than a website to plan a visit to Gates of the Arctic. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Gates of the Arctic.

Anaktuvuk Pass
(68.1430609673979, -151.7336018983042)

More About Gates of the Arctic

We have pages on all sorts of things about Gates of the Arctic National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps.