The park was made to protect the beauty of the arctic and preserve the habitats of Western Arctic Carbou Herd that live across the park. In 1980, legislation was passed to protect all the wildlife and their habitats that are found within the area. On December 2, 1980, the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve was established.
People visit the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve at different times of the year depending on what they are aiming to experience. Most people avoid the winter season because of the extreme cold. It is very difficult to participate in any activities because of the strong winds and temperatures falling below freezing.
If you want to make the most of the experience and witness as many wildlife habitats as you can, it is better to visit in the summer. Many activities take place in the summer, for children as well as adults. There are many heritage sites to see if the weather is warm because it is easier to travel.
Another important thing to remember is that once you’re inside the park, it is very difficult to establish communication with the park’s services. There are limited signals and if you are lost in the cold somewhere among the mountains while backpacking, it could be a costly mistake.
The Visitor’s Centers
There are four visitor centers at the park that are available for guests
1. Bettles Ranger Station and Visitor Center
This center is found outside the periphery of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
2. Anaktuvak Pass Ranger Station
This is a ranger contact station and is open throughout the year for the exterior display.
3. Arctic Interagency Visitor Center
This center is found on the Dalton Highway for multi-agency purposes.
4. Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center
This visitor’s center has a variety of exhibits where you can watch movies about the park, plan out your trip with the help of the park’s advisors, and figure out what you’ll need for your trip. This is inside of the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.