Kobuk Valley Fast Facts
How big is Kobuk Valley National Park?
Kobuk Valley covers a total area of 1,669,813 acres or 2,609 square miles.
How many people visit Kobuk Valley National Park?
11,540 people visited Kobuk Valley in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Kobuk Valley Visitation Stats.
When was Kobuk Valley National Park created?
Kobuk Valley was made a national park on December 2, 1980.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Kobuk Valley National Park?
Kobuk Valley’s lowest point is 40 feet at the Kobuk River. The highest point in Kobuk Valley is 4,760 feet on Mount Angayukaqsraq.
What time zone is Kobuk Valley National Park located in?
Kobuk Valley is in the Alaska Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Kobuk Valley National Park?
There is no entrance fee for Kobuk Valley National Park.
Five Random Facts About Kobuk Valley
Kobuk Valley National Park lies 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, joining Gates of the Arctic National Park as the only two U.S. national parks north of that line.
On November 16, 1978, Kobuk Valley 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.
Large mammals found in Kobuk Valley include caribou, grizzly bears, lynx, musk oxen, and arctic foxes. Smaller mammals include arctic ground squirrels, Alaska marmots, and voles.
Kobuk Valley has no roads or trails. All access to the park is by private air charter.
The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes are one of the park’s more unusual features. This area of sand is a remnant of the last ice age.
Where is Kobuk Valley National Park?
Kobuk Valley National Park is an extremely remote area of northwestern Alaska. Visitors should be well prepared for wilderness survival and/or travel with an experienced outfitter. Using a website will not be sufficient for planning a trip to Kobuk Valley. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Kobuk Valley.