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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News

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.

Alaska Park Compendiums Open for Comment

Anchorage - National Park Service compendiums are open for public comment through February 15, 2018.

Kobuk Valley National Park Photos

Caribou Trail-KOVA

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Caribou Trail-KOVA

Caribou trail across the sand dunes, Kobuk Valley National Park. Photo: NPS/Laura Cattrall.

Bear prints on beach-KOVA

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Bear prints on beach-KOVA

Prints near the Salmon River in Kobuk Valley National Park. Photo: NPS/Doug Demarest and Josh Morehouse.

First time fly fishing!

Western Arctic National Parklands posted a photo:

First time fly fishing!

Students learned how to fly fish

Watching the beautiful night sky

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Watching the beautiful night sky

Amazing display of northern lights over the sand dunes.

KOVA Onion Portage

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KOVA Onion Portage

NPS / E. Mesner

KOVA Sand dunes and Ahnewetut Creek

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KOVA Sand dunes and Ahnewetut Creek

NPS / E. Kahl

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...

River and Burned Land in Kobuk Valley

Rob Kroenert posted a photo:

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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Aliph Lamro posted a photo:

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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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Flowers in the Sand

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

Flowers in the Sand

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Flowers in the Sand

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.

Alaska Arctic-KOVA

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Alaska Arctic-KOVA

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

Taking a break on the dune

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Taking a break on the dune

Students are sitting on a sand dune resting while out for a hike.

Tents all set up

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Tents all set up

Tents all set up on top of a sand dune overlooking the creek below.

Prepping for dinner

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Prepping for dinner

Students are sitting around getting their food out and preparing to make dinner.

Hiking and exploring the dunes

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Hiking and exploring the dunes

Students hiking across the sand dunes exploring the different park resources.

Enjoying the sunrise

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Enjoying the sunrise

Sunrise over the sand dunes the last morning before flying back to Kotzebue.

Sharing the days stories

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Sharing the days stories

Students, teachers and park rangers all gather around the camp fire as the sun sets

Learning how to set up trail cameras

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Learning how to set up trail cameras

Students learned how park researchers set up cameras to capture images of animals.

Searching for macro-invertebrates

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Searching for macro-invertebrates

Learned about stream health and ecology by looking at the different types of macro-invertebrates.