GUIDED ALASKA Trip Information

ARCTIC DESTINATIONSGates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic is the crown jewel of the National Park system. Rugged mountains, clear rivers, forest, and tundra beckon the wilderness traveler.

About Gates of the Arctic National Park

All of the Alaska National Parks are spectacular, but Gates of the Arctic National Park just might be the best. Clear, free-flowing rivers, majestic peaks, endless vistas and undisturbed wildlife are the standard fare in Gates of the Arctic.

It is a hugely diverse and largely unknown 11 million acre park in Alaska’s Brooks Range, with endless opportunities for wilderness backcountry adventures. With less than 900 visitors per year there are no trails campgrounds or visitor centers, just wildlands and wildlife.

Gates of the Arctic Geography

Like the rest of the Alaska Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic is accessible only by air. The South slopes of the Brooks Range are forested and similar to interior Alaska, though tundra peaks are always within sight and an easy hike. The high country and North slopes of the Brooks Range are tundra; wide open, treeless and beautiful.

Glacier carved peaks like the Arrigetch and Mt. Igikpak tower above good canoeing rivers like the Alatna and Noatak, while to the west and north, the Kobuk and Nigu provide whitewater rafters with a couple of challenging rapids.

Wildlife in Gates of the Arctic

In Gates of the Arctic National Park, you may see small bands of caribou in quiet alpine canyons, Arctic Poppies and Alaska River Beauty flowering on the tundra and Common Loons or Tundra Swans in the sprawling glacial lakes. Perhaps you will visited by a moose or see musk oxen or a grizzly bear feeding near camp. Golden Eagles and Dall sheep frequent the high country.

Lake trout, pike, sheefish, salmon and greyling are found in the rivers and lakes and the 200,000 member Western Arctic Caribou herd roams the park during July, and August. Whether you’re a wildlife photographer, into Alaska birding, or just enjoy watching wildlife, Gates of the Arctic offers a true backcountry wilderness experience often rich with wildlife.

Human History of Gates of the Arctic

Nunamiut (Inland Eskimos) have lived in the Brooks Range for thousands of years, fishing the productive waters and hunting caribou and sheep. Tent rings, stone fences and chipped stone are found throughout the park in places like the Nigu River.

In the Koyukuk country in the southern part of the park the gold rush pioneers and wilderness visionaries like Bob Marshall enrich our experience with stories and artifacts.

Wilderness Trips in Gates of the Arctic National Park

We offer professionally guided raft, canoe, basecamp, packrafting and backpacking trips on both forested south slopes of the mountains and the wide open tundra north of the Arctic Divide. Whether your interest is canoeing the Noatak or backpacking and packrafting in the Arrigetch Peaks and Alatna River, Gates of the Arctic National Park is sure to exceed your expectations.

For those interested in seeing more National Parks in Alaska we offer custom trips to Kobuk Valley, Noatak Preserve and other Alaska National Parks, which can combine with a trip to Gates of the Arctic.



June 6, 2024 - June 13, 2024
Noatak Canoe
July 11, 2024 - July 17, 2024
Krusenstern, Kobuk, and Gates National Parks
July 15- July 19 and July 17-21, 2024
Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic
July 28, 2024 - August 5, 2024
Nigu River Rafting
August 1, 2024 - August 10, 2024
Noatak Canoe
August 13, 2024 - August 26, 2024
Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure


June 7, 2025 - June 14, 2025
Noatak Canoe
July 10, 2025 - July 16, 2025
Krusenstern, Kobuk, and Gates National Parks
July 14-18, 16-20, or 18-22
Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic
July 17, 2025 - July 23, 2025
Katmai Canoe
July 28, 2025 - August 5, 2025
Nigu River Rafting
July 29, 2025 - August 4, 2025
Gates of the Arctic Backpack
August 4, 2025 - August 8, 2025
Gates of the Arctic Base Camp
August 05, 2025 - August 14, 2025
Noatak Canoe
August 08, 2025 - August 20, 2025
Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure
August 20, 2025- August 27, 2025
Alatna River Canoe
$7,300/ person
"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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