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Plan Your Visit

blue tents 512x219The Arctic Refuge offers a variety of wilderness opportunities and horizons to be explored. Here, where the wild has not been taken out of the wilderness, there are risks. Preparation and self-reliance are essential. We provide no packaged trip plans or trail maps pointing the way. Rather, an experience in Arctic Refuge is one to search out for yourself. The following information will help you plan such a journey.

Arctic Refuge provides a unique wilderness experience within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Nearby village residents continue their age-old subsistence activities within the Refuge. Visitors from near and far enjoy the extraordinary landscapes and diverse wildlife. Most visitors plan a stay of 6 to 10 days while they camp, hike, float rivers, hunt, or fish.

All Arctic Refuge lands are open to the public at all times. This is a true wilderness Refuge. There are no roads, established trails, or facilities of any type within our borders. Most visitors bring their own food and gear, and access the Refuge by air taxi or personal airplane, flying in from communities outside the Refuge. Although there is no cell phone coverage, Satellite phones do work in many areas.

Hunting, fishing, and firearms are allowed following state regulations.

Things to know before you come

Things to do before you come

Additional resources in gateway communities

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014

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