Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska

Kobuk Valley National Park is located in northern Alaska with the closest city being Fairbanks. The park was established on December 2, 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. Almost 12,000 vistors attend the park each year which spans around 2735 square miles and is located above the arctic circle. You can't reach the park by car and due to it's remote location is attended by fewer visitors than any other national park. Caribou are abundant in the park as well as moose, salmon, and sheefish being only a few of the wildlife found in the park. The park is always open but the sun doesn't set from June 3 to July 9 in the park due to it's location.

Kobuk Valley National Park Info


Kobuk Valley National Park

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Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Reduces Building Hours

Due to a number of staffing changes at the National Park Service office in Kotzebue, AK, the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center will have reduced hours beginning Monday, December 17, 2018.

Federal Subsistence Board eliminates winter cow moose season and closes moose hunting to non-Federally qualified users in Unit 23

The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) has approved Emergency Special Action WSA18-04 with modification to close the Federal winter cow moose season and close moose hunting in Unit 23 except by Federally qualified subsistence users for the 2018/2019 regulatory year.

KOVA Subsistence Resource Commission to Meet May 10-11, 2018

The National Park Service’s Kobuk Valley National Park Subsistence Resource Commission, published in Federal Register notice 83 FR 9867, has been rescheduled. The meeting will be held in Kotzebue on Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.

Kobuk Valley National Park Photos

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River and Burned Land in Kobuk Valley

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River and Burned Land in Kobuk Valley

Getting to Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic takes some effort. The two National Parks sit in the middle of northern Alaska’s vast wilderness, with no roads and no facilities. Most visitors fly there in small planes, and I was lucky enough to find an extra seat on a Brooks Range Aviation flight that landed briefly in both parks.

More details in my travel blog:
endlessloopphotography.com/2016/08/18/kobuk-valley-nation...

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KOVA Sand dunes and Ahnewetut Creek

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KOVA Sand dunes and Ahnewetut Creek

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KOVA Onion Portage

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6 Wonders in Kobuk Valley: America’s Least Visited National Park

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6 Wonders in Kobuk Valley: America’s Least Visited National Park

6 Wonders in Kobuk Valley: America’s Least Visited National Park || Image Source: images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-12-02-1480713026-5184886-K...

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Moss and horsetail grow alongside a tiny stream at the base of the sand dunes, while brown willow catkins try to navigate the riffles. Accessibility statement: Bright green moss along the edges of a tiny clear stream..
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Flowers in the Sand

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Over the past 14,000 years, plants are recapturing the once vast sand dunes left behind by the glaciers.

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Yellow composite flowers grow in the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. Wind is slowly moving the sand dunes westward, and as they migrate, the dunes bury the plants of the surrounding boreal forest.

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Juvenile grizzly bear near upper Salmon River in Kobuk Valley National Park. Photo: NPS/Eileen Devinney.