Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Region   

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A Refuge Journey

Most web visitors may never physically visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because of its remoteness and the expense of getting there. It's a magnificent area with outstanding scenery, wildlife, and wilderness. Join us on a brief journey to explore this special place.

Brooks Range mountains and tundra - USFWS The far northern portion of the Refuge is a low, tundra covered coastal plain. We're now looking south toward the Brooks Range mountains.

caribou cows and calves - USFWSMost years, caribou cows of the 123,000 member Porcupine Caribou herd give birth to their calves on the Refuge coastal plain.

ice and snow - USFWSThe Refuge is sculpted in snow and ice for up to nine months each year.

tundra on the Refuge coastal plain - USFWSTundra plants and permafrost features are found throughout the Refuge coastal plain.

biologists working on a muskox bull - USFWSBiologists work throughout the year to study muskoxen within the Refuge. Here they are taking biological samples from a muskox bull they have darted.

pink wildflowers, river and rolling mountains - USFWSNumerous wild flowers help paint the landscape during the long summer days.

snowy owl - USFWSSnowy owl numbers in the Refuge fluctuate with the size of the lemming population.

camp dwarfed by the Brooks Range mountains - USFWSVisitors are captivated by the immensity of the Refuge and the awesome beauty of its features.

Brooks Range - USFWSThe rugged and remote Brooks Range mountains extend for hundreds of miles across the middle of the Refuge.

River rafters - USFWSMost visitors come to the Refuge in the summer, many to float its rivers.

hiker crossing through creek - USFWSWith no established trails in the Refuge, hikers must find their own way.

Dall Sheep rams lying on hillside - USFWSDall sheep rams keep a lookout for predators.

river valley in south portion of Refuge - USFWSSpruce trees dominate the southern part of the Refuge.

September 12, 2008