Noatak National Preserve Golden Hour credits NPS Photo The famous golden hour near sunset on Copter Peak gives depth to the mountains and neon hues to the tundra.
Noatak National Preserve Nightime Extravaganza credits NPS Photo A huge spray of northern lights is reflected in a tiny sliver of water in the Noatak River. This image was captured in early September at 230 in the morning.
Noatak National Preserve Grizzly on the Noatak River credits NPS Photo The profile of this grizzly on the Noatak River shows a nice example of the hump of muscle between its shoulders. That muscle makes grizzlies good diggers.
Noatak National Preserve Noatak National Preserve credits NPS Photo Noatak National Preserve
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.
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.