Where is Kobuk Valley National Park?
This huge national park extends over a vast valley, where the central part of the Kobuk River is flanked by the mountain chains of the Baird and Waring Mountains. 120 miles East of Kotzebue, you’ll encounter one of the most curious natural phenomena of Alaska: the Great Kobuk sand dunes.
The 65 square-kilometre Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, the Little Kobuk Sand Dunes and the Hunt River Dunes occupy the southern part of the Kobuk Valley and form the largest sand dunes in the Arctic. The glaciers and the Wind were the architects of these up to 35 meters high sand dunes.
If you want to climb the sand dunes located 65 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, you have to prepare for an hour-long walk along the Kavet Creek. Especially in summer, when the Thermometer climbs up to 37 °C, the Tour can be very difficult.
The Kobuk Valley is located in the transition zone between the Arctic forest and the tree-free Arctic Tundra, which then extends further west to the Chukchi Sea. The boundary between these two zones is characterised by smaller trees on densely guarded Tundra soil. The Western Arctic Karibu herd is the largest in Alaska with up to 490,000 animals. They move with their young animals from the northern foothills of the Brooks Range further to the south to hibernate.
The Kobuk River flows through the Park for long distances. In the rocks, which are up to 50 meters high, flanking the river, there are fossils from the ice age. A raft ride on the leisurely flowing Kobuk River reveals the seclusion, scenic beauty and animal richness of this area. Backpacking, fishing, dog sledding, mountain hiking and boating are also popular.
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