Gates of the Arctic

By: Lara Collins

Traveling through the park on foot gives you amazing opportunities of exploration and discovery.

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There are no designated campsites here. You need to make sure that you select a durable surface that is above water level. Also keep in mind that this is bear country and to locate your food at least 100 yards away from your sleeping area.


There are no established trails so you should be careful about knowing where to hike. The most popular climbing areas are Arrigetch Peak, Mount Doonerat, and Mount Igikak.

Because of the endless summer sunlight, you will see numerous migratory birds on your hike. Also, along your hike you will encounter many rivers and mountains that will allow you to experience a part of nature.


-Hiking Boots

-Jacket (Goretex or similar)

-Pants including Goretex rainpants

-T-shirts (Polyester)

-Socks,Gloves,Hat etc.

-thermal underware


It is ultimately your choice. I would suggest bringing maybe 3-4 people. You must contact the park rangers when going in a group and schedule a few months ahead of time.


Around $150 for 3 people on a 4 day trip.

Suggested food to bring:

-Dry Food Packs

-Snacks (nuts,trial mix,seeds)

-Beef Jerky, Cheese sticks

- Water and Milk Packs

No cost for staying at the park.


This depends on where you are inside the park.

-Ranger Station

-Visitor Center

-Administration Center


Food Cost: $150

Travel Expenses: $600 per person (DFW to Alaska)

Supply Cost: $1000 if you start from scratch


-Sleeping Bags ( $150 per person)


-Fire starters

-Stove and other cooking utensils ($100)

-Tent ( $300)

- Backpack( $150 per person)

-Food and water containers

Total Trip: 3 days Anatuvuk Pass to the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve

Gates of the Arctic is a wilderness park, with no roads or trails into the park lands, so visitors must fly or hike into the park. Access to the park begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. There are several small airlines in Fairbanks that provide daily flights into the gateway communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass, and flag stops to Coldfoot.

I would suggest going in the early Fall because it is the best time of the year to travel there.

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