The floatplane disappears, leaving you on the lakeshore. For the next two weeks you must survive using the knowledge, skills and gear you bring with you. Traveling through this vast wilderness you will discover craggy ridges, glacier carved valleys and fragile flowers. You will walk or float through intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years.
Hours + Fees
The Park and Preserve are open year round. It is best to call each office prior to arrival to confirm current operational hours.
4175 Geist Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Holidays.
Bettles Ranger Station / Visitor Center
PO Box 26030
Bettles Field, AK 99726
From mid-June to the end of September: Open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (sometimes closed noon - 1:00pm for lunch). Remainder of Year: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Holidays.
Marion Creek Ranger Station
Near Coldfoot, AK on the Dalton Highway
Open Year Round Monday-Friday, 8:00am-Noon / 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Closed on Holidays.
Arctic Interagency Visitor Center
On the Dalton Highway
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger StationAnaktuvuk Pass, AK
Year-round outside Visitor display. Call for ranger station hours.
Map + Directions
Proceed by air to one of the park's jumpoff communities. Some popular entry points are Bettles, Coldfoot, Anaktuvuk Pass or Kotzebue; or by vehicle along the Dalton Highway Corridor. Commercial air service is available from Fairbanks to Bettles, Anaktuvuk Pass and Kotzebue. You need to travel by air because there are no roads to these communities.
From Bettles, Coldfoot, and Kotzebue
Arrange with an air taxi service to fly into the Park and Preserve. Your destination in the park and preserve determines which community to leave from.
From the Anaktuvuk Pass airfield
One can hike into the park and preserve. Anaktuvuk Pass and the surrounding land is private property. Hikers should be certain they are in the park and preserve before camping.
From the Dalton Highway
You can drive to Coldfoot and fly into the Park and Preserve via air charter. Those seeking a rugged wilderness journey on a limited budget can begin hiking directly off the highway.