Gates of the Artic National Park and Preserve

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The Gates of the Artic National Park and Preserve resides in Alaska's Brooks Range. This vast area of natural beauty contains rugges mountains , wide rivers, glaciated valleys, boreal forests, and artic tundra vegetation. The area is inhabited by wolves, caribou, Ball sheep, and both grizzly and black bears.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated this area as a national monument. In 1980, Vongress passed the Land Claims Act, creating 106 million acres of new protected lands in Alaska. The final boundaries for Gates of the Artic National Park and Preserve encompass eight million contiguous acres.

The entirety of the park lies north of the Artic Circle and is the northernmost national park in the United States. There are no established roads, trails, visitor facilities, or campgrounds in the park. Access to the park is by charter plane from Bettles or other locations.

Gates of the Artic


Gates of the Artic

Ten small communities are within the resident zone for the park and are home to approximately 1,500 people. Many of these residents depend on resources within the park to sustain their livelihood and to maintain cultural traditions.

Gates National Park

Interesting fact: Chert is a fine - grained rock used by the prehistoric inhabitants of the Brooks Range to create tools such as scrapers, knives, and spear points. The Brooks Range contains one of the richest deposits of "tool quality" chert in the world.

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Gates of the Arctic national Parks and Preserve
Park Headquarters
102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230 - 8397

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