Alaska Conservation Foundation > Experience Alaska > Alaska’s Sanctuaries, Parks, Refuges and Communities > National Parks > Gates of the Arctic
This wilderness park straddles the stunning granite spires and sweeping river valleys of the central Brooks Range, north of the Arctic Circle. Made known to the outside world by writer/adventurer Robert Marshall in the 1930s, the region’s wildlife and protected lands also sustain two different Native cultures – Athabascan Indians in the taiga forests to the south and the Nunamuit caribou hunters of Anaktuvuk Pass. Four Wild and Scenic Rivers run through the park.
Size: 8.4 million acres, Alaska’s second largest park. Established by the 1980 Alaska lands act. Located 250 miles northwest of Fairbanks, accessible only by air.
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