Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a U.S. National Park in Alaska. It is the second largest at 13,238 miles, about the same size as Switzerland. The park’s name comes from a nature activist who, while exploring the North Fork of the Koyukuk River, saw two mountains, Frigid Crags & Boreal Mt., flanking the river on each side and christened this portal the “Gates of the Arctic”. What is remarkable is that such a large chunk of land has remained one of the most remote and unspoiled places in the world. No roads lead into the park, and there are no trails or bridges inside. Gates of the Arctic National Park’s summer season is from mid-May to mid-September. The main park ranger station is located in Anaktuvuk Pass. The village hosts visitors from around the world, and offer tours about life in the village.

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