Gates of the Arctic National Park Photos

“What counts as wilderness and wildness is determined not by the absence of people, but by the relationship between people and place”.

~ Jack Turner, “Wildness and the Defense of Nature”, The Abstract Wild.

Gates of the Arctic

  • Gates of the Arctic is the 2nd largest National Parkin the country, and one of the the largest designated Wilderness areas.
  • Mt. Igikpak is the largest peak in the park.
  • The Arrigetch Peaks are generally 6000-7000‘ ASL.
  • Fewer than 13 000 visitors entered the park in 2014.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a grand place. Lying entirely above the arctic circle, the park is slightly larger than Belgium, and is the 2nd largest national park in the US; four times larger than Yellowstone National Park.

The Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980 was the impetus for the designation for National Park and Preserve; prior to this legislation, Gates was a National Monument for 2 years. ANILCA was a monumental piece of legislation that protected over 150 million acres of land, over 40 million acres of National Parks.

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