North of the Arctic Circle, Cape Krusenstern National Monument stretches 70 miles along the Chukchi Sea shoreline. Beach ridges provide evidence of 5000 years of human activity. Inupiat people continue to use the resources today. Vast wetlands provide food, water, and shelter for migratory birds. Hikers and boaters can see carpets of tundra wildflowers and sometimes musk oxen, moose, or caribou.
Hours + Fees
Cape Krusentstern National Monument is open year-round.
The headquarters office located in Kotzebue. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
The Innaigvik Education and Information Center in Kotzebue is open in summer only. Please call 907-442-3890 for specific hours of operation.
Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the monument from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54-degree F, although some days in July may get up to 80-degree F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time
Map + Directions
Cape Krusenstern National Monument lies within a remote area of northwest Alaska and is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and Chukchi Sea.
Visitors generally access the monument via the regional hub in Kotzebue. Commercial airlines provide daily service from Fairbanks or Anchorage, to Kotzebue. Chartered flights with licensed air taxi services, booked in advance, can take backcountry travelers to remote destinations within the monument.
Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. Options for winter access include snowmobile, aircraft, or foot.