National Parks Around Cordova

Alagnak

Wild River

The headwaters of Alagnak Wild River lie within the rugged Aleutian Range of neighboring Katmai National Park and Preserve. Meandering west towards Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, the Alagnak traverses the beautiful Alaska Peninsula, providing an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of southwest Alaska.

underwater photo of salmon swimming in river

Weather

Located between the stormy north Pacific Ocean and the even stormier Bering Sea, the Alagnak Wild River is often a battleground between weather systems. When you visit, be prepared to encounter all types of weather.  On average, wet and cool conditions predominate in spring, summer, and fall. Winters are drier and colder.

Driving Directions

Alagnak Wild River is located in a remote part of the Alaska Peninsula, about 290 miles southwest of Anchorage. Access is by boat or small floatplane. More directions to Alagnak.

Operating Hours

Alagnak Wild River is never closed, but access can be difficult during the winter.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Free: None. there is no fee

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 245
King Salmon, AK 99613

Physical Address:
1000 Silver St., Bldg. 603
King Salmon, AK 99613

Phone Number: 9072463305

Alaska Public Lands

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Alaska’s parks, forests and refuges are rich and varied. The Anchorage Interagency Visitor Center helps visitors and residents to have meaningful, safe, enjoyable experiences on public lands, and encourages them to sustain the natural and cultural resources of Alaska. This center and three others statewide provide trip-planning, interpretation, and education for all ages.

Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center, located inside the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visi

Weather

Visitors center is located inside the Federal Building and weather conditions are seasonal conditions of the Anchorage area, outside the facility.

Driving Directions

Anchorage APLIC is located in downtown Anchorage on 4th Avenue, in the Federal Building. More directions to Alaska Public Lands.

Operating Hours

Summer Hours: 9-5, Every Day, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Open Federal Holidays Winter Hours: 10-5, Tues-Fri, Labor Day to Memorial Day, Closed Federal Holidays

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Free Admittance: No entry fee to visit the visitors center

Contact

Mailing Address:
605 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Physical Address:
605 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone Number: 9076443661

Aleutian World War II

National Historic Area

During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangax̂ (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific. This thousand-mile-long archipelago saw invasion by Japanese forces, the occupation of two islands; a mass relocation of Unangax̂ civilians; a 15-month air war; and one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater.

Group of people around a Russian cross in tall grass

Weather

The Aleutian Islands are known for unpredictable and stormy weather. Rain, fog, and wind are common. Dress warmly and carry rain gear even in summer. Summer temperatures range from 45 to 65 degrees F. Early summer and fall often have clear sunny days with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes.

Driving Directions

The park is located on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Island chain. The island is located 800 miles west of Anchorage. The island can be reached by commercial or charter air flights from Anchorage. Commercial flights to Unalaska include Pen Air and Alaska Airlines. The Alaska Marine Highway is a ferry service that is operated by the state that can be used to reach the island. The Aleutian World War II Visitor Center is located at the Unalaska airport. More directions to Aleutian World War II.

Operating Hours

Monday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Friday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Sunday: Closes at 10:00AM

Entrance Fees

Land Use Permit - one person: The park is on private land owned by the Ounalashka Corporation. To visit the historic area you need to purchase a permit. Cost: $6

Land Use Permit - family: The park is on private land owned by the Ounalashka Corporation. To visit the historic area you need to purchase a permit. Cost: $10

Contact

Mailing Address:
Affiliated Areas, Alaska Regional Office
Anchorage, AK 99501

Physical Address:
Affiliated Areas, Alaska Regional Office
Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone Number: 907-644-3472

Aniakchak

National Monument & Preserve

Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least visited in places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire" as it is home to an impressive six mile (10 km) wide, 2,500 ft (762 m) deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.

A lone raft floats the Aniakchak Wild River as it flows through the

Weather

When you visit, be prepared to encounter all types of weather. On average, wet and cool conditions predominate in spring, summer, and fall. Strong winds can delay the departure and arrival of boats and floatplanes.

Driving Directions

Located on the Alaska Peninsula, 450 miles southwest of Anchorage, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is inaccessible by road. Notoriously bad weather makes access to Aniakchak unpredictable. Drop-offs and/or pick-ups may be significantly delayed. More directions to Aniakchak.

Operating Hours

Aniakchak National Monument is a truly primitive environment with no federally-maintained public facilities. The NPS imposes no operating hours or seasonal restrictions. Access to and movement within Aniachak, however, may be limited or restricted at any time depending upon prevailing weather conditions.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: There is no fee to enter Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 245
KIng Salmon, AK 99613

Physical Address:
1000 Silver St., Bldg. 603
KIng Salmon, AK 99613

Phone Number: 9072463305

Bering Land Bridge

National Preserve

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Imagine a place of whimsical beauty and larger-than-life landscapes: an ancestral home to ice-age giants and turbulent volcanic activity. A land that holds secrets to the intriguing history of human migration, sustains people that have lived here before its establishment as a preserve and continues to be part of a wide breadth of
 traditions. Bering Land Bridge is unlike any other place on earth.

Flock of shore birds taking flight

Weather

Weather in the Seward Peninsula is generally characterized by long freezing winters and short, cool summers. Coastal areas typically have mild weather, while the interior has greater seasonal variation in temperature and precipitation.

Driving Directions

Nome, Ak is not on the road system and may be reached by commercial flights. From Nome, AK you may visit Bering Land Bridge Visitor Center which is about 1 mile away from the Nome airport. Keep in mind that Nome, AK is 100 miles (160 km) from the preserve's boundaries. You may reach the preserve by chartering a bush plane, by foot, boat or snowmobile. More directions to Bering Land Bridge.

Operating Hours

Bering Land Bridge Preserve is open 24/7 year round. Due to its remote location accessing the preserve can be challenging, costly and time consuming.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Park Entrance: There is no fee to enter the park.

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Nome, AK 99762

Physical Address:
214 Front St.
Nome, AK 99762

Phone Number: 8004712352

Cape Krusenstern

National Monument

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North of the Arctic Circle, the monument forms 70 miles of shoreline on the Chukchi Sea. More than 114 beach ridges provide evidence of human use for 5,000 years. The Inupiat continue to use the area today. Vast wetlands provide habitat for shorebirds from as far away as South America. Hikers and boaters can see carpets of wildflowers among shrubs containing wisps of qiviut from muskoxen.

muskox standing on the tundra

Weather

Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Always travel with good quality rain gear and warm layers. Be especially careful to stay dry. Hypothermia can set in on a windy, wet day, even when it doesn't feel that cold.

Driving Directions

Cape Krusenstern National Monument lies within a remote area of northwest Alaska and is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and Chukchi Sea. Visitors generally access the monument via the regional hub in Kotzebue. Commercial airlines provide daily service from Fairbanks or Anchorage, to Kotzebue. Chartered flights with licensed air taxi services, booked in advance, can take backcountry travelers to remote destinations within the monument. More directions to Cape Krusenstern.

Operating Hours

The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is the visitor center for Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Since there are no roads into Cape Krusenstern National Monument, the visitor center is located in Kotzebue, AK. From Kotzebue, visitors will charter an air taxi to transport them into the actual national monument which is open 24/7 every day of the year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Free Entrance: There is no fee required to visit Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Physical Address:
171 3rd Ave
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Phone Number: 9074423890

Denali

National Park & Preserve

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Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

snowy mountains reflected in a pond

Weather

Summer is typically cool and wet, with highs typically in the upper 50s to low 60s, and lows in the 40s. On occasion, summer highs reach the low 80s, though this is rare. Snow can fall any month of the year, so be prepared for chilly weather even in summer. Fall colors emerge on the alpine tundra in August and in the low valleys in early September. Winter generally starts in mid-September, with temps often getting down to -40 by January. Spring is a short season in April / May, with highs above freezing.

Driving Directions

You can drive to Denali from Anchorage or Fairbanks, along Highway 3, which is known as the "George Parks Highway." Fairbanks is about 2 hours north, while Anchorage is 5 hours south of the Denali entrance. You can also reach Denali from either city via the Alaska Railroad, which is operated by the State of Alaska. A small private airstrip is also available near the park entrance for individuals wishing to fly their own small craft to the park. More directions to Denali.

Operating Hours

Denali is open 24-hours a day, although services are limited after-hours (generally after 4 pm in winter or 6 pm in summer). There is no gate at the park entrance. Please note that camping is only possible either in designated campgrounds (with a valid reservation) or in the rest of the park with a free backpacking permit.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Denali Entrance Fee - Per Person: The park entrance fee is $10.00 per person (youth age 15 years or younger are free). This fee provides the visitor a 7-day entrance permit. It is charged year-round. Cost: $10

Contact

Physical Address:
Mile 237 Highway 3
Denali Park, AK 99755

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone Number: 9076839532

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Gates Of The Arctic

National Park & Preserve

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This vast landscape does not contain any roads or trails. Visitors discover intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years. Wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, caribou migrate along age-old trails, endless summer light fades into aurora-lit night skies of winter. It remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature.

Alpenglow on the granite cliffs of mountains

Weather

The climate of Gates pf the Arctic National Park & Preserve is generally classified as arctic and sub-arctic, with exceptionally cold winters, relatively mild summers, low annual precipitation, and generally high winds. The weather is influenced by many different systems, and can change rapidly.

Driving Directions

Gates of the Arctic is a wilderness park, with no roads or trails into the park lands, so visitors must fly or hike into the park. Access begins in Fairbanks, Alaska & there are several small airlines that provide daily flights into the communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass, and Coldfoot. Most visitors access the park by air taxi or hike in from the Dalton Highway or from the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. River crossings are necessary from both locations. More directions to Gates Of The Arctic.

Operating Hours

No closed times or seasons for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee for Gates of the Arctic.

Contact

Physical Address:
Airport Road
Bettles, AK 99726

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726

Phone Number: 9076925494

Glacier Bay

National Park & Preserve

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Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

Icebergs, calved from tidewater glaciers are a common sight in Glacier Bay National Park.

Weather

Summer temperatures average 50° to 60° F (10° to 15° C). Rain is the norm in lush southeast Alaska. It is best to be prepared to enjoy the park in any kind of weather, especially rain. Suggested clothing includes waterproof boots, rain gear, a hat, gloves, wool or pile layers or a warm coat. Good rain gear is essential here. April, May and June are usually the driest months of the year. September and October tend to be the wettest.

Driving Directions

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve lies west of Juneau, Alaska, and can only be reached by plane or boat. The only road in the area merely connects the small town of Gustavus and its airfield to park headquarters at Bartlett Cove (10 miles). Alaska Airlines provides daily jet service from Juneau to Gustavus in the summer months. Year-round scheduled air service is also provided by a variety of small air taxis and charters. The Alaska Marine Highway ferries also provide regular service from Juneau. More directions to Glacier Bay.

Operating Hours

The main visitor season is from late-May through early-September with the peak being the month of July. The park is open the rest of the year, but visitor services are extremely limited. Park Headquarters is open year round M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee to enter Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826

Physical Address:
1 Park Road
Gustavus, AK 99826

Phone Number: 9076972230

Iñupiat Heritage Center

On the rooftop of the world, the Iñupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, tells the story of the Iñupiat people. They have thrived for thousands of years in one of the harshest climates on Earth, hunting the bowhead, or "Agviq." In the 19th century, these lonely seas swarmed with commercial whalemen from New England, who also sought the bowhead for its valuable baleen and blubber.

Museum exhibit case with fur parkas and boots

Weather

Owing to its location 320 miles (515 km) north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow's climate is cold and dry, classified as a polar climate (Köppen ET). Winter weather can be extremely dangerous because of the combination of cold and wind, while summers are cool even at their warmest.

Driving Directions

The Inupiat Heritage Center is located in Barrow, Alaska, the largest city in the North Slope Borough and the northernmost city in the United States. Barrow can be reached via commercial and charter flights from Anchorage and Fairbanks. More directions to Iñupiat Heritage Center.

Operating Hours

Monday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

College students: Cost: $5

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 69
Barrow, AK 99723

Physical Address:
5421 North Star Street
Barrow, AK 99723

Phone Number: 9078520422

Katmai

National Park & Preserve

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Katmai National Monument was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve remains an active volcanic landscape, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

salmon jumping at waterfall

Weather

Located between the stormy north Pacific Ocean and the even stormier Bering Sea, the Katmai region is often a battleground between weather systems. When you visit, be prepared to encounter all types of weather. On average, wet and cool conditions predominate in spring, summer, and fall. Winters are drier and colder.

Driving Directions

Katmai National Park & Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer, Alaska. The park’s headquarters is in King Salmon, about 290 air miles southwest of Anchorage. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. More directions to Katmai.

Operating Hours

Katmai is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Katmai National Park and Preserve: There is no entrance fee for Katmai.

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 7
King Salmon, AK 99613

Physical Address:
1000 Silver Street
King Salmon, AK 99613

Phone Number: 9072463305

Kenai Fjords

National Park

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At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

aerial image of Bear Glacier

Weather

The weather Kenai Fjords is difficult to predict and can change rapidly. The area generally enjoys a relatively temperate maritime climate, primarily due to the influence of the Japanese current that flows through the Gulf of Alaska. Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid 40s to the low 70s (Fahrenheit). Overcast and cool rainy days are frequent. Winter temperatures can range from the low 30s to -20.

Driving Directions

Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside the town of Seward in south-central Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Even though the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Follow the Seward Highway (AK-1) south from Anchorage. It will become AK-9 around mile 35 (87 miles from Anchorage)with AK-1 heading to Homer and Kenai. Continue on AK-9 to Seward. More directions to Kenai Fjords.

Operating Hours

The park is open year-round. The primary months to visit are June, July, and August. There are reduced services in the area during the months of May and September. The road to the Exit Glacier area is not plowed during the winter months, and is closed to vehicle traffic once it is covered in snow and ice. The park's coastal backcountry in also inaccessible late fall through the early spring due to rough seas.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: No entrance fees are charged at Kenai Fjords National Park

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Physical Address:
411 Washington Street
Seward, AK 99664

Phone Number: 9074220500

Klondike Gold Rush

National Historical Park

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Headlines screamed "Gold!" The dream of a better life catapulted thousands of people to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Their journey shaped them, and changed the people they encountered and the north forever. Today, the park remembers the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush.

People standing around a ranger in front of a building.

Weather

Skagway has a highly variable climate with frequent rain and high winds. Average temperatures May through September range from 60 F to 47 F. Average temperatures October through April range from 38 F to 28 F.

Driving Directions

Park headquarters and visitor center are located at 2nd and Broadway in Skagway, Alaska. To get to Skagway by car: You can access the park via the Alaska Marine Highway or the South Klondike Highway. By plane: You can fly into the Skagway Airport. By water: You can visit the park by cruise ship, tour boat, or ferry. More directions to Klondike Gold Rush.

Operating Hours

May through late September.

Monday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Entrance Fees

Entry Fee: Entry to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is free. Some services, such as a hiking permit for the Chilkoot Trail or a ranger led tour of Jeff. Smiths Parlor museum have associated fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Skagway, AK 99840

Mailing Address:
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Skagway, AK 99840

Phone Number: 9079839200

Kobuk Valley

National Park

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Caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage - just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path for people and wildlife. For 9000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues.

sun setting on sand dunes

Weather

Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Always travel with good quality rain gear and warm layers. Be especially careful to stay dry. Hypothermia can set in on a windy, wet day, even when it doesn't feel that cold.

Driving Directions

Kobuk Valley National Park is very remote. There are no roads to provide access, so planes take care of most transportation needs. Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage to Kotzebue, or from Fairbanks to Bettles. Once in Kotzebue or Bettles, you must fly to the park with authorized air taxis. More directions to Kobuk Valley.

Operating Hours

The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is the visitor center for Kobuk Valley National Park. Since there are no roads in to Kobuk Valley, the visitor center is located in Kotzebue, AK. From Kotzebue, visitors will charter an air taxi to transport them into the actual national park which is open 24/7 every day of the year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Free Entrance: There is no entrance fee to visit Kobuk Valley National Park

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Physical Address:
171 3rd Ave
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Phone Number: 9074423890

Lake Clark

National Park & Preserve

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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a land of stunning beauty. Volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, and craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes. Here, too, local people and culture still depend on the land and water. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness.

Sitting brown bear sow nurses one cub while another snuggles on her back.

Weather

Lake Clark has two distinct climate areas: the coast and the interior. The coast is wetter and experiences milder temperatures. The interior gets half to one fourth as much precipitation, but temperatures are hotter in summer and colder in winter. Frost and snow can occur any time parkwide, but are most common from September to early June. Lakes here typically begins freezing in November and melting in April. Ice conditions dictate whether planes need floats or skis to land on lakes.

Driving Directions

Lake Clark is located on the Alaska Peninsula southwest of Anchorage and north of Katmai National Park. It is not on the road system; therefore, in order to get here you must travel either via plane or by boat. A one to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai, or Homer will provide access to most points within Lake Clark. Fixed-wing aircraft are allowed to land on all suitable lakes, rivers, beaches, gravel bars, and open ground in both the park and preserve unless the area is closed or otherwise restricted. More directions to Lake Clark.

Operating Hours

The park and preserve are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week year round. However, visitor services are limited Labor Day through Memorial Day. Seasonal and temporary closures are listed by location on the Operating Hours & Seasons page.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Lake Clark Entrance and User Fees: You do not need to pay fees, make reservations, or obtain permits from the National Park Service for any recreational activities in the park including backpacking, camping, river running, bear viewing, or visiting Dick Proenneke's cabin. Information regarding hunting and fishing license requirements, voluntary backcountry registration forms, and the permits commercial film crews or scientists conducting research and collecting items need to obtain are available on the Permits & Reservations page.

Contact

Physical Address:
1 Park Place
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Mailing Address:
General Delivery
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Phone Number: 9077812218

Noatak

National Preserve

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As one of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem, the Noatak River environs features some of the Arctic's finest arrays of plants and animals. The river is classified as a national wild and scenic river, and offers stunning wilderness float-trip opportunities - from deep in the Brooks Range to the tidewater of the Chukchi Sea.

green northern lights

Weather

Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Always travel with good quality rain gear and warm layers. Be especially careful to stay dry. Hypothermia can set in on a windy, wet day, even when it doesn't feel that cold.

Driving Directions

Noatak National Preserve is a very remote area. There are no roads that provide access. Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage to Kotzebue or Fairbanks to Bettles. Once in Kotzebue or Bettles, you must fly to the preserve with various air taxi operators. There are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to remote park areas. Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. More directions to Noatak.

Operating Hours

The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is the visitor center for Noatak National Preserve. Since there are no roads into Noatak National Preserve, the visitor center is located in Kotzebue, AK. From Kotzebue, visitors will charter an air taxi to transport them into the actual national preserve which is open 24/7 every day of the year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Free Entrance: There is no fee to visit Noatak National Preserve

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Physical Address:
171 3rd Ave
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Phone Number: 9074423890

Sitka

National Historical Park

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On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Park visitors are awed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House speaks of Russia’s little known colonial legacy in North America.

Reception room in the Russian Bishop's House

Weather

Sitka experiences a temperate maritime climate, characterized by heavy precipitation and a small temperature range between seasons. Summer temperatures range from high 50s to high 60s F with frequent rain. Winter is rainy and snowy with temperatures from the high teens to the 40s F. Well prepared visitors will have rain gear and layered clothing at any time of year.

Driving Directions

Sitka National Historical Park is located in downtown Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is situated on Baranof Island, on the outer coast of Alaska's Inside Passage. No roads connect the city to the mainland; Sitka can be reached only by air or sea. Visitors can travel to Sitka by scheduled and charter air services, ferry, and cruise ships. More directions to Sitka.

Operating Hours

These hours are for the park grounds, outside of the park's buildings and facilities.

Monday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Tuesday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Wednesday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Thursday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Friday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Saturday: 6:00AM - Sunset
Sunday: 6:00AM - Sunset

Entrance Fees

All Park Activities are FREE: There is no entrance fee at the Visitor Center, park grounds, or the Russian Bishop's House.

Contact

Mailing Address:
103 Monastery St.
Sitka, AK 99835

Physical Address:
103 Monastery St.
Sitka, AK 99835

Phone Number: 9077470110

World War II Valor in the Pacific

National Monument

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At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.

The USS Arizona Memorial in front of the USS Missouri.

Weather

Hawaii has two seasons – winter (ho'oilo) and summer (kau wela) – and temperatures don't change drastically the way they do in the mainland United States. During the day, expect temperatures in the mid-70s to the mid-80s all year around. Expect lows in the winter months (November to March) to be around 60 degrees. The Hawaiian winter is also considered the rainy season, and flash floods are not uncommon. You can expect to see lots of rainbows as the rain clears.

Driving Directions

Please input our address rather than just "Pearl Harbor," as this will take you to the active military base, not the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. More directions to World War II Valor in the Pacific.

Operating Hours

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Entrance Fees

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument: It is free to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor museums.

Contact

Physical Address:
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Honolulu, HI 96818

Mailing Address:
National Park Service
Honolulu, HI 96818

Phone Number: 8084223399

Wrangell - St Elias

National Park & Preserve

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Wrangell St. Elias is a vast national park that rises from the ocean all the way up to 18,008 ft. Mount St. Elias. At 13.2 million acres, it’s the same size as Yellowstone Nat. Park, Yosemite Nat. Park, and Switzerland combined! Within this wild landscape, people continue to live off the land as they have done for centuries. This is a rugged, beautiful area filled with opportunities for adventure.

Two backpackers sitting in an alpine meadow with snowy mountains in the background

Weather

Varies widely depending on location in park and time of year. Visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/planyourvisit/weather.htm for detailed information.

Driving Directions

The administrative building and main park visitor center are located along the Richardson Highway (Hwy 4), which is a paved state highway that runs through Copper Center, AK. The buildings are 8 miles south of the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway intersection near Glennallen, Alaska. This is approximately 200 miles east of Anchorage, AK and 250 miles south of Fairbanks, AK. More directions to Wrangell - St Elias.

Operating Hours

The whole park is always open but visitor facilities have limited hours.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Fee free park

Contact

Physical Address:
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Copper Center, AK 99573

Mailing Address:
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Copper Center, AK 99573

Phone Number: 9078225234

Yukon - Charley Rivers

National Preserve

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Located in Interior Alaska, Yukon-Charley Rivers offers exploration in a largely untouched landscape. Whether you float the mighty Yukon River or paddle the Charley River's whitewater, your memories will last a lifetime. Geology, cultural history, gold rush remnants, wildlife, and vast scenery will be a part of your experience. But, the strongest element will be solitude. Your adventure awaits.

Aerial view of the Yukon River showing fall colors

Weather

The area that Yukon-Charley Rivers encompasses is generally classified as sub-arctic, with exceptionally cold winters, relatively warm summers, low annual precipitation, and generally high winds.

Driving Directions

Although there is no direct highway connection to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, visitors are able to access the preserve by either air travel from Fairbanks, or water or air travel from two small towns on the road system(Eagle and Circle), near the preserve boundaries. More directions to Yukon - Charley Rivers.

Operating Hours

The preserve is open 24-hours a day

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 167
Eagle, AK 99738

Physical Address:
West end of 1st Avenue
Eagle, AK 99738

Phone Number: 9075472233