Gates of the Arctic Wilderness


The Gates of the Arctic Wilderness now contains a total of 7,167,192 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Alaska. In 1980 the Gates of the Arctic Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to " for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (FAIRBANKS HEADQUARTERS)4175 Geist RdFairbanks, AK 99701Phone: 907-457-5752Fax: 907-692-5400AKP: 907-661-3520, CXF: 907-678-5209, MAR: 907-678-2004.BETTLES RANGER STATIONP.O. Box 26030Bettles, AK 99726Phone: 907-692-5494Fax: 907-692-5400COLDFOOT RANGER STATIONP.O. Box 9072Coldfoot, AK 99701Phone: 907-678-2004Fax: 907-678-2004ANAKTUVUK PASS RANGER STATIONNational Park ServiceAnaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721Phone: 907-661-3520Fax: 907-661-3521


The park lies entirely north of the Arctic Circle beginning at approximately 67 degrees north latitude. It straddles the central Brooks Range on both the north and south sides. The park is bordered on the east by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Dalton Highway and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On the west the park is bordered by the Noatak National Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park. To the south the park is bordered by Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. To the north the park is bordered by the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The only road accessible visitor center is located in Coldfoot, AK. From this location information can be found on where to access the park from the road. Visitor Centers are also located in Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass, communities that are accessed by aircraft only. There are no trailheads into the Gates Wilderness. When you leave the road or aircraft behind you make your own decisions regarding navigation and pathfinding.




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