If you love the great outdoors, then welcome to one of the most beautiful places in the USA. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife in the arctic. The Refuge's rich pageant of wildlife includes over 40 fish species, over 35 land mammals, eight marine mammals, and more than 200 migratory and resident bird species.
You can see a tiny shrew looking for food, or a grand 800-pound moose striding across the tundra in front of you.
You see why you need to remember your camera!
The Arctic Refuge offers a variety of wilderness opportunities for those families who love to explore the great outdoors, and enjoy an incredible adventure.
On these lands, you can enjoy a host of activities for those active kids. You might want to grab those hiking boots and explore the terrains. Perhaps you want to just simply "be" with your camera and enjoy photography.
Families who visit enjoy birding, fishing, and even camping. After all, you're in the wilderness so extend that experience and head out for a night, a weekend or even a week!
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place where the sense of the unknown, of horizons unexplored, of nameless valleys remains alive.
It's a whole new world waiting for you. So let's get exploring!
The Arctic Refuge is so large that no one map is adequate for on-the-ground travel. Topographic maps are available from the U.S. Geological Survey. A single-page shaded relief map, however, gives an idea of the country within the Refuge.Get directions
Free to visit
Free to visit
Make sure you go prepared with food and bottled water when you are heading out into these terrains
Visiting the Arctic Refuge on your own requires a great deal of planning, preparation, and experience in remote areas. Many visitors opt to visit the Refuge the first time as members of a guided group. To arrange such a trip, contact the recreational guides or hunting guides working in the Refuge.
Keep in mind that the winters and cold and long.