Basic Information

2 visitors and lots of camping gear
Campers are ready for a pick up on the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

NPS Photo/Melanie Flamme

Open All Day, Year Round

Kobuk Valley National Park is open year round, all day and all night. It is remote and wild, so there are no roads, entrance gates or campgrounds. Visitors can enjoy the park any time by backpacking, boating, or flightseeing.

Leaving On a Jet Plane

Getting to the park means flying on a series of airplanes. Make travel arrangements well ahead and plan a couple extra days for bad weather. You can start from Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska.

From Anchorage, fly to Kotzebue on a commercial jet, then hire an air taxi Kotzebue for an overflight or drop off/pick up in the park.

From Fairbanks, fly with a scheduled air service to Bettles, then hire an air taxi in Bettles for an overflight or a drop off/pick up in the park.

Check this list of approved commercial businesses.


Basic groceries are available in Kotzebue anytime, but other services may not be. Plan to bring everything you need like medications, specialty foods, outdoor gear, etc. There are no services of any kind in the park. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur any time of the year, so always bring gear for wet and cold weather. Traveling to Kobuk Valley National Park and Kotzebue is very different than visiting a park or town on a road system. This will be a chance to test your moxie and have a great adventure.

Last updated: March 27, 2024

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PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752


907 442-3890

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