Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

The National Park Gates of the Arctic ( gateways to the Arctic, English:. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve ) is after the Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the second largest national park in the United States. It includes a large unspoiled wilderness in the Endicott Mountains and the Schwatka the Brooks Range of Alaska. The area contains a labyrinth of hollows with glaciers and rugged mountains with northern forests and arctic tundra vegetation, which are cut by wild rivers.

The 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act declared a national park area lies north of the Arctic Circle. Caribou, musk oxen, wolves and bears inhabit the scientifically important area. Its core area is designated as a national park, other areas have less protection status of a National Preserve. In them, hunting is permitted.

Part of the National Park is a wilderness area, the square is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the USA along with the Noatak Wilderness in the west adjacent Noatak National Preserve with more than 26,000 km. The sections lying within the park boundaries of the rivers Alatna, John, Kobuk, Koyukuk, Noatak and Tinayguk are designated as Wild and Scenic River.