Alaska: Gates of the Arctic National Park

This is the ultimate wilderness of Alaska’s arctic region. No roads, trails, or services are available in this northernmost national park in the United States, where visitors must fly or hike in to breach its boundaries. Endless summer nights transition to aurora-filled night skies in winter. Six wild rivers run through glacier-carved valleys, across the ageless and virtually unchanged park where humans and wild ecosystems have lived for thousands of years.
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Morning Glow

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Morning light shines through storm clouds over the mountains of the Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.

Arctic Fog

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Morning fog rolls in from the Nigu Valley in early autumn, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.

Alatna Winter

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The Alatna River winds back and forth in repeated river bends through the heart of the Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.

Rock on Tundra

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A lone rock sits amidst a patch of colored alpine tundra in autumn in the John River valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.

Tundra Frost

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Morning frost clings to a variety of alpine tundra plants like Bear berry, crow berry, and low bush cranberry (lingonberry) plants on a mountain slope near the village of Anaktuvuk Pass in Gates of...

At the Gates

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When Robert Marshall, one of the founders of The Wilderness Society, visited the central Brooks Range, he fell in love, and kept coming back. During one visit, he saw the towering Mount Boreal and ...

Alatna Headwaters

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Rock and alpine tundra in the autumn near the headwaters for the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska.

Wolf Tracks on Ice

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During a dog mushing expedition on the North Fork of the Koyukuk River in Gates of the Arctic National Park, we stopped to give the dogs a rest and I walked around on the ice. I discovered this set...

Arrigetch Alpenglow

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Morning aerial view of the Arrigetch Peaks in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska.

Caribou Legacy

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A caribou skull with antlers rests on a hill in the John River valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. I found this while joining a Nunamiut elder to observe his traditional car...